The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned in strong terms, the wave of communal clashes in Kasuwan Magani village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
ACF in a statement signed by Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, National Publicity Secretary of the forum, enjoined the warring communities in Kajuru and in other states to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue in resolving their differences.
Biu cautioned communities that have lived amicably over the years to refute the idea of reprisal attacks and to continue to live in harmony.
The statement read: “Threats to our peace as one united people and a region over the years have affected our peaceful coexistence, unity, polity and socio-economic development.“We must, therefore, come together and stop this unfortunate and condemnable carnage that does no one any good. Reprisal attacks are certainly not the best way to resolve disputes.
“We, therefore, call upon the warring communities in Kajuru and in other states to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue in resolving their disagreements. “Leaders of the various communities should also play a greater role in ensuring that peace and harmony are restored in the affected areas.
“The Police and Judiciary should, therefore, fast-track it’s investigating and prosecuting processes, as justice delayed is justice denied. “ACF also commends the prompt intervention of the Security Agencies in the Kasuwan Magani crisis and its spill over to other parts of Kaduna and urges them to sustain surveillance in the areas until normalcy is restored.
“We urge the Government to strengthen its peace building process by engaging the leaders of the affected communities and other stakeholders in finding an endurable peace in the Kaduna State.”