NEWSDAILYNIGERIA– The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Forum with the Media on peace Journalism, in Kaduna on Tuesday has proposed several solutions to the lingering challenges of insecurity bedevilling the state and country.
The Forum in a round table ” Discussion on issues to prevent conflicts” Proffered laudable solutions and action plan to mitigate lingering areas and issues of insecurity; such as banditry, kidnapping, ethno-religious crisis,farmer-herder conflicts, among others.
The Key discussants at roundtable include the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of IMC, Pastor Joshua Kurmi Pyeng and Head of Department Crisis Management, Nigerian Security and Civil defence corps, NSCDC, Kaduna, Mr Omenuko Vitalis
The Forum noted that calls by Nigerians and some governors to allow people to defend themselves against banditry and insurgent attacks may not be bad at all, due to the failure of government to protect the citizens, but the implications of such calls outweighs its merits, hence the need for caution; with a charge on government to sit up.
Adding that the issue of Banditry and kidnapping can be nipped in the bud, if we are united against it, with a call on all to see insecurity as having nothing to do with religion, tribe, but simply the failure of government, hence the call for unity by Nigerians across Religious, ethnic, political divides to end the menace.
The forum emphasized on community policing, need to be alert and report security challenges to security agencies, adding that through this traditional and community leaders should be able to know who is who in their community and report accordingly.
Religious leaders are urged and admonished to always preach peace and stressing on the common attributes of humanity than our religions, noting that preaching in the Churches and Mosques on what unites us rather than what divides us will go a long way in enhancing religious harmony.
The round table discussion also resolved that Ranching as against Open grazing or grazing routes is the best solution to ending in the farmer -herder conflicts in the country; while urging the government to do the needful in this regard, adding that there’s no way that cattle will not stray if not restricted into a ranch.
On the issue of NLC and Kaduna state government, the forum called on government to go into dialogue with Labour to end the impasse to prevent another round of industrial action .
The inter faith centre also stressed the need for Kaduna state government to engage NANS and Students of tertiary institutions on the contentious issue of hike in tuition fees to avoid further protests and loss of lives
The forum urged Government to recruit ten million Youths into Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence to tackle the security and youth unemployment even if some can serve as Reserve Security, among others