Kaduna State government has donated N100 million to support the rebuilding of destroyed churches and mosques in the Southern Kaduna as part of efforts to restore peace in the area.
Announcing the donation during the unveiling of public apology billboard by five communities from Jama’a, Kachia, Kaura, Sanga and Zangon Kataf for the return of permanent peace in the area, Governor Nasir El-rufai, said his government had drafted a bill to set up the Kaduna State Peace Commission in fulfillment of the promises he made in 2015.
The governor added that, the Commission will enable inclusion of all citizens on plans for peaceful co-existence of the peoples that live in the state.
El-rufai, in his speech entitled said: “In recognition of the vital importance of showing concrete manifestations of peace, the government has decided to support civic efforts to rebuild damaged churches and mosques with a seed fund of N100 million.
The challenge of achieving peace and justice is a complex process that requires imagination, wide consultations, technical support, research and time.
I have promised you change. I will not be derailed from the legacy of peace that Southern Kaduna deserves from my generation.
The governor stressed: “This state belongs to everyone that has chosen to make it home. Let us respect each other, abide by the law, do our duty to uphold harmony and firmly reject division and violence!
“Today, we launch a public apology billboard, as we grieveover the lives sadly taken in the recent violence in the Godogodo chiefdom. Why, our children ask, are we able to discuss peace for decades but not find it on the ground?
“Now, 29 ethnic communities of Southern Kaduna present a public apology billboard to us. These people represented their communities at the dialogues that resulted in the Kafanchan Peace Declaration. They were sent to represent their communities by their leaders.