By Nomsu Baba

NEWSDAILYNIGERIA: In an effort to further promote peaceful coexistence among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, Rev. Danlami Gajere Pada, Pastor of Assemblies of God Church, Nariya, Kaduna and Founder of Kings International Worship Centre, has formally unveiled/ launched Sisters For Peace Ambassadors.

The Interfaith Women group/forum launched on Saturday, in maraban- Rido, Kaduna, attracted CAN/JNI leaders, traditional leaders, stakeholders among others.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the founder, Rev. Danlami Gajere said he was inspired to establish this organization as a result of how women are being neglected in terms of peace building in most societies, adding that the need to carry them along cannot be over emphasized.

“Whenever there is crisis anywhere, women are the people who suffer most, they become widows, they lose their children; and when peace process is being organized by government, by other organizations that people should come together to talk about how to resolve crisis and have lasting peace, women are usually left behind.

“I have been attending peace meetings, peace seminars and so on, but when you go you’ll see little is being done about women and I feel women have a vital role to play in having a lasting peace in our society; women have the capacity, women have the grace, women can be useful in having peace in our society today”.

“That is why prayerfully, I sought the face of God on how to go about involving women in peace issues, and this organization came to my mind, irrespective of their religion, tribe or where they come from”, he added.

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According to him, the organistion will partner with key peace organisations and stakeholders in the state, such as CAN/JNI, KAPECOM, IMC, and others, to give the women capacity building on issues of peace among other things.

In his goodwill message, the Chief Imam, Al-Manar Mosque, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna, Shaikh Tukur Adams said that his position as a religious leader, is to support peace building at all cost, adding that, the efforts of the founder would not go in vain, as he will always give his full support whenever need arises.

He said, if animals in the forest could live together in peace, why then would fellow humans not do same, despite their higher intellectual abilities? He then called on women to train their children in Godly ways, so that respect for our different religions would not vanish amongst adherants.

Similarly, the JNI secretary, Kaduna State Chapter Mallam Ibrahim Kufena, thanked Rev. Gajere for such initiative, and posited that as a human being, no one has any reason to unlawfully take the life of a fellow human.

He said the destructions of lives and property will offer no hope or gains to the perpetrators. Pointing out, that every religious leader must preach against such acts, and must strive to teach their followers how to coexist with other humans from different religion, adding that as far as peace building is concerned, they are always ready to give in their best to achieve and maintain that.

On his side, the CAN secretary, Rev. Caleb Ma’aji , said women must rise to their responsibilities of training good children noting that the era before now, witnessed more peace than what is obtainable today, and women were largely responsible for that.

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“Previously, Kaduna was so peaceful, because the muslims kept us in check, and we equally checked some of them, and it helped to build us, but today, things are not the same.

” But I pray that this meeting today, will be a rebirth of the old Kaduna; will be a rebirth of the people that we used to be, where valuable mothers existed. CAN, Kaduna State is ready to support you, where we need to come in, we’ll certainly be coming in”, he added.

The organization unveiled/launched is aimed at counseling women and young girls that are in trauma, raising a society filled with women and young girls of integrity, training and engaging women and young girls to fight against crises in their society and the world at large.

Those unveiled/ inaugurated are Evang. Alheri Danlami as the president, to be assisted by Hauwau Lawal, Grace Adams as the Secretary, to be assisted by Nana Idris, while Juliana Ephraim will handle the financial secretary position, among others.

The event had in attendance key stakeholders in Maraba Rido and its environs. Among whom are the district head of Rido, Sarkin Hausawa, Rido, former Chairperson Chikun Local Government Hajiya Ladi Yahuza, Hon. Barr. Yahaya Washiri, the Kaduna state Peace Commission,( KAPECOM), IMC, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, women from all works of life, among others.


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