The Oasis Reporters
April 19, 2019
By Mike Odeh James
The Chairman of Kaduna State Peace Commission, Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has asked the people of Kaduna State to shun any attempt aimed at inciting them to act violently.
Rev. Fearon was speaking on the peace, reconciliation and coexistence meeting held in Kaduna State, Reverend Fearon revealed that the commission had been able to establish its offices in the 23 local governments in the state.
“I will appeal to members of the commission, the media, community and religious leaders, pressure groups, various sociocultural groups and indeed all the people of the state to work for peace.”
“We must resist all temptation to act violently. All complaints and grievances should be reported to the appropriate authorities for peaceful resolution,” he said.
He appealed to the people of the state to report any security breach, threat to peace to the relevant authorities to appropriate civil and security establishment for immediate action.
While assuring the public the doors of the Kaduna State Peace Commission and the Local Government Peace Committees are wide open to the public.
He commended the people of Kaduna state on the peaceful conduct of the 2019 election as he said that such action was a deliberate act and not a coincidence.
He further said that “while efforts were focused on the Southern Senatorial zone, new areas of violent confrontations surfaced in the Central Senatorial Zone particularly Kajuru and parts of Igabi local governments.”
He commiserated with the victims of the recent crisis as he said that he chaired a stakeholders meeting at Kajuru local government secretariat as he also visited some of the victims.
“I was pleased with the show of commitment to peace among all. Indeed, the local government and the communities had already constituted a peace and reconciliation committee to address the drivers of the conflicts,” he concluded.
The Kaduna state peace commission was inaugurated in November 2017 and was mandated to work with all stakeholders to manage inter community relations as well as ensure peaceful and harmonious coexistence throughout the state.