* Igbos and Hausas have come together in Kaduna to promote peace
* The communities agreed to work with security operatives and provide useful information
* The two groups met earlier when their was a rumour that the Igbo community will be attacked
In this period when Nigeria has recorded ethnic tension, the Hausa and Igbo communities in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state have decided to come together to fight vice and crime in the region.
Vanguard reports that the communities made the decision on Monday, September 5 to partner with security agencies to wipe crime out.
The decision was reached at a joint meeting of the two communities held at the Igbo community town hall in Kafanchan. Alhaji Kabir Kasim who is the Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a was the chairman of the meeting.
He said it was the responsibility of everyone to support security agencies and promised that other tribes will be included in Kafanchan to achieve maximum success.
He noted that this will promote peace as it was important to rid crime out of the community. Mr Martin Okoli who is the president of the Igbo community in Kafanchan advised residents to be law abiding.
He also advised them to “inform security agencies of suspicious movements, by any individual or group, capable of threatening existing peace in the area.”
Chief Chibuze Akpu who is the representative of the Igbo community in Fantswan chiefdom advised youths to abstain from acts that will tarnish their image.
A similar meeting was held by the Igbo and Hausa communities in August, after rumours of a planned attack on the Igbo community in the area. Meanwhile, the UN has described Nigeria as a “divided society on the basis of the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that had tended to define the country’s political existence.”
This was made known to the public during a consultative meeting on the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework IV (UNDAF IV) for the South-East geo-political zone in Awka.
The report noted that for decades, different segments of Nigeria’s population had, at different times, expressed feelings of marginalisation, of being short-changed, dominated, oppressed, threatened, or even targeted for elimination.
The report also painted a gloomy picture for the country as most of the development and social indices in Nigeria recorded much below acceptable standards. It noted that the major challenges facing Nigeria were constraints of economic growth and social development and lack of good governance.