NEWSDAILYNIGERIA- The Interfaith Forum of Muslim and Christian Women’s Association also known as Women’s Interfaith council, WIC has embarked on peace March over the rising insecurity- banditry, kidnapping, sexual and gender based violence in the state with a visit to the Kaduna state house of Assembly,. Jummatul Nasir Islam, Christian Association of Nigeria and the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna.
The Peace march by the Women’s Interfaith Council is coming as part of activities to mark the 2021 United Nations International Day of Peace on Tuesday in Kaduna.
At the state Assembly, the group was received by speaker, represented by the Kaduna state house of Assembly, Majority leader, Rt Hon. Mohammad Ahmed, who described the visit/ peace march as ” excellent, this is what every body is agitating for, if we can have our Mothers agitating and yearning for peace, God will listen very fast and very very soon” he added
Speaking further, while empathizing with the women noted ” you can see their faces, what they are agitating for is what everyone and every Nigerian should agitate for, Peace and Peace and looking at their faces you can see that their agitation is very sincere
” in this hot sun they came out to beg and ask for peace that’s what everyone is asking God for, we are begging for this Peace, nobody is happy with the development, the situation is very very bad and we pray to Almighty God to make it easy for all Nigerians ” he reiterated
According to him, the Kaduna state government under Mallam Nasir El-rufai ” has been up and doing to make sure that peace is returned back to Kaduna ” the Speaker stated
Earlier, the leader of the group and Executive Director of WIC, Rev Sr. Veronica Onyeanisi, OLA , said what informed the peace march and visit ” is to mark the International Day of Peace, with the pains the women are going through due to kidnapping, banditry and general insecurity
” presently, one of our women, her two sons are abducted by the kidnappers in their own home and they are requesting a huge amount of money ; she stated that the woman is not the first person, neither is she the second or third, so we have been in pains, it has become the talk of the day and we can no longer bear that pain any more”
She further lamented how the issues of kidnapping, banditry and general insecurity has taken us aback, when in other European countries there are talks on building resilience against Covid-19 and building an equitable world but here in our communities the health personnel and officials cannot go to villages to administer vaccines and the women, cannot go to farm due to insecurity
” we cannot go to farm, either we are kidnapped, our hands are cut off or we are raped; we are going through pains, so because of this the women came together that we must have a peace march to mark this international Day of Peace, to let our leaders know our pains and cries
“we have been to CAN, JNI, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna and now we here to tell them the pains we are going through “she reiterated
The respected Nun, however urged the authorities to rise above board as things have gone really bad as hardship and hunger hunts” we don’t even know what will happen next year because we can’t farm, and that’s why we are begging, they are working, but we want them to do more to ensure that there’s security in our land” she added
In the WIC’s team include the General Coordinator, the Muslim and Christian coordinators, top officials, leaders of Interfaith women’s Associations, members, Youth leaders and lot more
Highlights of the Peace March and advocacy visits to the major stakeholders in the state by the lnterfath Women’s groups in their large numbers carrying placards with several inscriptions advocating for concerted action by those concerned on issues raised among other things.