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Southern Kaduna Crisis: Why Christian leaders, others shunned Peace Summit

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Some Christians leaders in Kaduna and other groups, on Tuesday, shunned a peace summit to find lasting peace and stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.

It was learned that Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) and the Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association were part of the group that boycotted the meeting organised by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).

In a letter dated September 3, 2020, and addressed to the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the summit, Pastor James Movel, CAN stated that they refused to attend the summit because they were not carried along in organising the event.

He added that the Christian body disassociated itself from the summit, saying it “lacks transparency in planning it.” CAN added that since it was only an invitee to the summit, it could not vouch for the motives of the organisers.

The letter signed by the state secretary of CAN, Rev. Sunday Ibrahim, said the association would not support conflict entrepreneurs to use the horrible situation in Kaduna to their advantage.

“We find the organisation of the proposed summit as inappropriate even as CAN Kaduna State has been involved and is still involved in working for long-lasting peace in Southern Kaduna and Kaduna State as a whole in partnership with genuine, purpose-driven, and sincere stakeholders in peace-building and are open to such partnerships always.

“The Southern Kaduna security challenges need a holistic and genuine approach and not a whitewash, playing to the gallery approach,” it said.

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