April 4, 2024

Traditional, religious leaders unite to promote peace, security in Abuja

Traditional, religious leaders unite to promote peace, security in Abuja

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – In a powerful display of solidarity, traditional and religious leaders have joined forces to champion peace and security in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

During the Abuja Peace Summit organized by the Global Peace Foundation (Nigeria) on Thursday, these influential figures united their efforts to address the escalating insecurity plaguing the city and its environs.

The summit, held at the palace of the Garki chief, brought together leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop comprehensive strategies to alleviate the prevalent unrest.

The theme of the event, ‘Interfaith Dialogue for Peace: Uniting Traditional and Religious Leaders in Supporting Security in Abuja and its Environs,’ highlighted the critical role of dialogue and collaboration in peacebuilding initiatives.

Usman Nga-Kupi, the Traditional Ruler (Sa’Peyi) of Garki, represented by the District Head of Mabushi, Alhassan Dangana, emphasized the importance of collective action.

“Promoting peace and security in the FCT of Nigeria and neighboring areas requires collaboration between different stakeholders like religious leaders, community leaders, and NGOs like the Global Peace Foundation. Their initiatives help reduce tensions and violence,” he said.

Nga-Kupi urged the participants to spread messages of peace, understanding, and empathy across all communities to foster peaceful coexistence.

Rev. Fr. Candice Chinyeaka Enyiaka, an international program development specialist and the regional representative for Africa at Global Peace Foundation International, stated that the summit represents a significant step towards addressing the security challenges facing Abuja.

He further emphasized the strategic importance of the nation’s capital, asserting, “Peace in Abuja is paramount, as its influence extends to every corner of our country.”

Rev. Enyiaka advocated for a values-based approach to peacebuilding and urged participants to acknowledge their shared humanity and interconnectedness.

Rev. John Hayab, the Country Director of Global Peace Foundation (Nigeria), emphasized the importance of policymakers recognizing the significance of grassroots connections.

He pointed out that faith and community leaders, who wield considerable influence and have direct contact with the people, should be included in the discussion.

“Every voice plays a role in finding meaningful solutions to our challenges,” remarked Rev. Hayab.

He stated that the primary goal of the summit is to bring together traditional and religious leaders to address the current insecurity in Abuja through dialogue, collaboration, and strategic planning.

By promoting dialogue, collaboration, and strategic planning, these leaders can contribute to long-lasting peace and stability in the FCT, setting an example for the rest of the nation.

The summit also included facilitated dialogue sessions, networking opportunities, brainstorming for strategic planning, and engagement with local leadership.

Ultimately, the expected outcomes include an enhanced understanding of the roles leaders can play in promoting peace, the development of action plans to address insecurity, and strengthened collaboration for sustainable peace-building efforts.