Mercy Corps Says Only Dialogue, Not Guns Can Bring About Peace

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    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    There can be no peaceful coexistence in any community through the barrels of a gun or advocacy by non governmental organisations, without the stakeholders in the community supporting it.
    Executive Deputy Chief of Party, Mercy Corps  Sani Suleiman stated this at a three-day Negotiation and Mediation Training For Kajuru TRC Committee/Community Leaders which started in Kaduna on Monday July 20, 2020. 
    “No soldier, no NGO can bring about peace in a community, except the Community itself embraces peace,” he said.

    He explained that the challenge  is that people find difficult to accept change. 

    “After fighting, people will still come back to negotiation because people must live together.
    “Life is all about negotiation and negotiation is all about communication,” he said.

    He told the participants that they remain the pillars on which peace can be established in their communities.

    “You are community or religious leaders, even without Mercy Corps you work with your people everyday, you talk to them, you can bring about that peace which all desire,” he added.

    Suleiman said that Mercy Corps is working in over 40 countries on peace building and several  other engagements.

    “Mercy Corps has been in Nigeria since 2011, working in North East and North Central.
    “In North West we are working in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, we are also working in Benue Plateau and Kogi in peace building and conflict management.

    “The more community stakeholders engage and negotiate to settle it, the better,” he said.

    The Mercy Corps Deputy Chief said that it is time for creation of models that work for  LGAs and our states on terms of peace building.

    “What we hope to do in future is to have some cross border engagements so we can share experiences and maintain peace.

    “I am very sure you have experiences of Rwanda, South Africa and others and they are becoming better.

    “I believe after this engagement, you will become more focused in achieving peace,” he prayed.
    He thanked the peace commission for their partnership.

    “I want to thank you all as the reconciliatory committee in Kajuru,” he added.
    The engagement is part of Community Initiatives To Promote  Peace (CIPP), supported by USAID, Kaduna State Peace Commission and Mercy Corps.

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