Kafanchan - Jema’a Local
Government Council of Kaduna state, on Thursday convened a meeting of
all religious groups in the area, as part of efforts to enhance peaceful
coexistence and religious harmony.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, held
in Kafanchan, had Christian and Muslim clerics as well as security
agents in attendance.
NAN reports that the meeting was meant to chart a new course for
peace in the area after the recent disturbances which led to the
imposition of a curfew in Kafanchan.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, the council Chairman, Daniel Amos, said the meeting reviewed the causes of the recent
conflict and agreed on suggestions to end recurring security challenges
facing the area.
He commended the participants for their "meaningful contributions’’
and expressed optimism that the agreements reached would further advance
the course of peace in the local government.
"We asked the clerics what they tell their followers as everyone in
Kafanchan belongs to either a church or a mosque and we received some
meaningful contribution from the religious leaders,’’ he said.
In an interview with newsmen, Sheik Aminu Kasim, an Islamic cleric
based in Kafanchan, expressed concern over the re-occurrence of crisis
in the town.
He attributed it to the `unwholesome’ activities of hoodlums
and urged followers of the two religions to shun tendencies that could
cause disaffection in their communities.
A member of Kafanchan chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria,
Rev. Paul Bidoli, stressed the need for Christians and Muslims to be
sincere to each other in their approach to security matters.
He said that the accumulation of weapons by any party would promote
mutual suspicion and frustrate any attempt to build peace in the area.