PROMINENT TRADITIONAL RULERS MEET IN KATSINA FOR PEACE AS NOA/TRADITIONAL RULER SEEK FRAMEWORK FOR COMMUNITY DIALOGUE
Prominent Traditional rulers from around the country will tommorrow meet in Katsina to design a new framework for sustainable dialogue among different communities in Nigeria for peaceful co-existence.
The meeting facilitated by the National Orientation Agency NOA will attract royal fathers from six states including the Emir of Katsina Alahji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, the Emir of Daura, Emir of Dass min Bauchi state, the Ataoja of Oshogbo, Osun State, the chairman Imo Traditional rulers council, Eze Sam Ohiri and the chairman of the Bayelsa state traditional rulers council.
Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri made this known yesterday saying that the concept of the dialogue is bring into concert the various efforts of stakeholders at dialoguing for peace especially now when recurring violence and kidnapping are leaving a great toll on communities.
“We want to support communities and a network of organizations, religious leaders, women and youth leaders, etc. who can promote and participate in dialogue, to reinforce the civic role of religion, culture and politics in promoting peace and respect for pluralism in the community”, he explained.
Mr. Omeri was emphatic that violence remains alien to the character of Nigerian people; hence the need for synergy in dialogue to checkmate the disturbingly predictable patterns of violence and counter violence in the country. He said the dialogue framework would also help to cultivate a culture of inclusion and peaceful communication necessary for the amicable settling of conflicts that may arise from differing religious, political and cultural commitments.
Explaining further, the NOA boss said “We are optimistic that Nigerians can dialogue to bring this cycle of sectarian violence to an end. The first step will be for Nigerians to accept and respect their basic religious, political and cultural differences and realize that, while such differences are inevitable, they can be a source of strength and durability for our nation”.
He said the national launch of the dialogue framework in Katsina would be marked by a National Peace Forum and Seminar on Security Challenges and Peace Building in Nigeria tagged “Do the Right Thing: Promote Peaceful Co-existence in Nigeria”. He said all the 37 State and FCT Directorates of the Agency are already prepared to replicate the peace forum in their various states thereby multiplying the impact. In doing so, he said, the NOA would work with all stakeholders including the media for effective mobilization for dialogue.