IPCR, Global Rights seek solutions for Southern Kaduna Conflicts
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and an NGO, Global Rights have embarked on a dialogue towards finding lasting solutions for the violent conflicts and existing bad relations in Southern Kaduna.
Stakeholders at the dialogue which took place at the IPCR in Abuja were of the opinion that solutions to the kaduna conflicts may be replicated to dealing with the clashes especially in Benue, Plateau and other states within the Benue-Niger trough.
To mitigate the problem, the stakeholders advised the kaduna State Government to study the reports of the various committees set up to addressing crises in the state with a view to implementing them, and as well expressed the need to constitute a mediation/reconciliation committee, begin to reorient the herders of some physical development that now make transhumance difficult, and for other Nigerians to see the herders as fellow citizens. They frown at criminalizing an ethnic group because of criminal elements among them while encouraging civil behaviour and obedience to the laws of the land.
According to the stakeholders, there is an urgent need for a social identity for all Nigerians towards effecting control of foreigners coming easily into the country via the borders.
Earlier in their opening remarks, the Director General of IPCR and the Country Rep of Global Rights, Mrs. Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru said the dialogue has become necessary for stakeholders to ventilate the causes and suggest the intervention strategies which may be required to deal with the Southern Kaduna wanton killings and destruction. They maintained that planning in Nigeria has been accidental and there had never been deliberate attempt to peace-building adding that leaders had only been mounting integration.
Given the IPCR’s mandate, Mrs. Baiyewu-Teru pointed out that it was necessary to always partner with IPCR towards resolving conflicts in the country hence IPCR remains a reservoir of studies on conflicts in Nigeria.
The overview of IPCR’s perspective on the Southern Kaduna conflict was given by Mr. Haruna Adejo, a Principal Research Fellow who noted that stakeholders for the dialogue need to deal with the conflicts of conceptual framework and narratives before making headways. He said the Strategic Conflict Assessment (SCA) of the entire country was to understand the types, nature and pattern of the conflicts confronting various parts of the country so that appropriate interventions could be deployed for the recovery of durable peace in the Nigeria.
The dialogue was attended by the representatives of Inspector General of Police, Director General of NEMA, and Savannah Centre among others.