The Presidential Committee on North East Initiative ( PCNI ) has organized a one-day inter-religious dialogue for peaceful coexistence in Adamawa and North East in general.
Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma(Rtd) declared the workshop open on Friday in Yola.
Danjuma said the workshop was part of the committeeâ€™s â€œPeace Building and Transitional Justice Framework Programme.â€
â€œCommunal trust is among the most fundamental elements that suffered during the insurgency.
â€œThe immediate fall-out is the disruption of peaceful co-existence and harmony in the North East.
â€œThe challenge before us now is how to reverse this trend and also complement the efforts and sacrifices of our military in the on-going war against Boko Haram insurgency â€ he said.
Danjuma, who was represented by Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, Vice Chairman of the Committee, said the committee was determined toward ensuring community peace building in the region.
He said PCNI, on the process of peace building, has already trained a total of 1,020 stakeholders comprising 80 traditional rulers, 60 Imams, and 30 Lower Court and Sharia Court judges in each state of the North East.
He said the committee also collaborated with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Abuja, to facilitate dialogue between the ethnic Mambilla and the Fulani in Mambilla as well as the people of Michika and Madagali in Adamawa in the past.
In his remarks, Prof. Muhammed Tabiu ,Chairman, Green Horizon, said the workshop was organized by PCNI and facilitated by the Green Horizon.
Tabiu said the fundamental objective of the workshop is peace building and transitional justice, and interfaith dialogue to promote and support peace, justice, reconciliation and reintegration in the region.
It reports that the participants were drawn from Muslim and Christian clergymen and traditional rulers across the 21 local government areas of Adamawa.