Lt Gen. Theophelus Danjuma, Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) on Sunday urged the insurgency affected communities to avoid ethno religious crisis that could affect the rehabilitation programme of Federal government on their communities.
Danjuma made the call at the Peace Building Town Hall Dialogue Meeting for Michika and Madagali Local governments areas of Adamawa, held in Mubi, Adamawa.
The Chairman, who was represented by Brig. Gen. Habila Vintinaba, Chairman, Sub committee on security in the PCNI, stressed the need to avoid crisis that could stall the smooth implementation of the rehabilitation programme of the Federal government.
Danjuma further advised the two communities to adopt dialogue as the only mechanism for the sustainability of peaceful coexistence among them.
He explained that the PCNI was prepared to commence full implementation of the rehabilitation programme of the Boko Haram affected communities.
He however, said that the committee was waiting for the total end to insurgency in the affected areas.
He also explained that the government was committed to end the plight of the insurgency affected communities through the development of the North East.
He advised the communities to live in peace and to be able to identify their common enemy who could manipulate them to resort into vialonce against one another.
He also encouraged the community leaders to make good use of the town hall meeting and discuss issues bothering on their peaceful coexistence.
According to him, our expectations are that the affected communities will sustain the resolutions on peace building which they are part of after the dialogue.
Earlier, Prof. Oshita Oshita, Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) said that dialogue was one of the critical strategy adopted globally in resolving conflicts.
Oshita, who was represented by Mr Mbah Chukwuemeka, Project Coordinator for the IPCR said that the Institute has equally adopted the same mechanism to build peace in Adamawa and other crisis ravaged communities.
According to him, without peace, there can’t be development as ‘ peace can build but violence can only destroy’.
The town hall dialogue for Michika and Madagali local governments in Adamawa was organised by the Institute for Peace and conflict resolution in partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees In collaboration with the Presidential committee on North East initiative.
Our reporter also reports that the dialogue which is the second in the region after the one held in Gembu in Taraba, brought community leaders, religious leaders, women and youths groups together.