Without equality and inalienable right for all people, the search for peace and solutions to ethnic and religious violence in Northern Nigeria will continue to be a talk show, Prof Yusufu Turaki has said.
Turaki stated this on Sunday evening during the launching of a book titled, ‘Religious And Ethnic Violence In Northern Nigeria,’ written by the Senior Pastor of ECWA Church Narayi high cost Kaduna, Rev Dr Ishaya Gajere.
Prof Turaki who wrote the foreword and also review the book, said if the North must remain one, it leaders must address the problems of ethno -religious crisis and violence adding that solutions has been proffered in the new book.
The clergy man said Boko Haram, Cattle rustling, attacks and occupation of indigenous land in the middle belt by the Fulani herdsmen must be addressed as quick as possible.
According to Professor Turaki, the author of the book highlighted and addressed the problem of religious media; print, Radio, TV, books and other form of communications which had caused crisis in the past.
“If the people writing in these media had their minds corrupted in understanding, they will pass such a half information to the general public. This always inflame religious violence,” Turaki said.
He said the book touches how Northern Nigeria was formed adding that some ‘religious’ journalists and their media have been the major caused of religious mass killing in Northern Nigeria.
Turaki added that the book highlights how the British setup Northern Nigeria for both religions but never treated the people equally.
“What the colonial masters built spread even when they had left. So, Christian and Muslims unity will depend on a common ground of equality and inalienable right for all religions,” Turaki said adding that without equality, justice, freedom, values and equity in Northern Nigeria, searching for peace will be a mockery.
“When a typical christian and Muslims meet for peace, they always lack human value and equality. What is missing in Northern Nigeria is the value of human right and equity irrespective of religion and tribe,” he said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr Daniel Rikichi Kajang said both Christians and Muslims must continue to pursue peace no matter what it takes.
Dr Kajang who condoled with the families of the victims of various attacks in Nigeria and most especially those in Southern Kaduna, said there is good news in the world because of ‘assurance of salvation.’
He said Nigerians must rise above crisis and leave by the “truth and only the truth.”
“There is need for us to check on the veracity of the things we read in the social media before we react.”
“Some people who are bent on dividing us say outrageous things but we must work in tandem to uphold the truth. As children of God, we should not join in playing to the gallery by spreading fake information and hate speech,” Dr Rikichi added.
The guest speaker at the occasion, Rev Yunusa Nmadu said all over the world, there is desperate search for peace adding that the more it is being search for, the more elusive it becomes because of lack of sincerity.
“The more people search for peace, the more it keep eluding. More places are in conflicts. If conflict turns to violence, no matter how we pretend, we can’t cover it up. We must find away of solving it,” Nmadu said.
The author of the book, Rev Dr Ishaya Gajere called on Nigerians to love one another adding that the book will interest everyone.