Religious Leader advocates dialogue between government and insurgents

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna


A Clergyman, Pastor Yohanma Buru of Christ Intercessory Fellowship, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna has advised Federal and State governments to open dialogue with criminal elements including insurgents and bandits to restore sustainable peace across the Country.

The Pastor, who gave the advice in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Kaduna said, dialogue is an internationally recognised form of settling disputes.

He however said, it was also important for government to use the State might in crushing such criminality, but equally wise to find amicable ways of ending them so as to protect citizens from the disruptive consequences of wars.

According to Buru, it is only through such rapprochement; government can understand the grievances of the criminals and take steps to address them so as to block others from taking the same destructive path.

Buru therefore cautioned Nigerians against politicising the current security challenges in the Country, saying, what was required is collective action to safeguard all law abiding citizens.

The Cleric further warned against stereotyping of people or jungle justice, adding that, such acts would only create more insecurity.

He suggested a summit of religious and traditional leaders, as well as other relevant stakeholders to provide workable suggestions that would assist government to deal with the security challenges bedeviling the Country.

Buru, who attributed the high level of insecurity to lack of jobs, said government should do more to make the economy responsive to meeting the yearnings of the people.

He called on all citizens to intensify prayers and support the government in all dimensions to see to the end of the crisis.

“If you see strange faces or you are suspecting a person, go to the right authority and report. We should be our brothers’ keepers and should also learn to forgive one another,” he emphasised.

Buru advised that government should give powers to traditional rules to enable them monitor their subjects and ensure well organised communities.

The Clergyman concluded by urging religious and traditional leaders to spread the message of peace, brotherliness and mutual respect in order to contain the spread of hate, ethnic and religious intolerance polarising the Country.