In his vision to see the All Progressives Congress, APC, become a true political party for the masses in bringing development, growth, and harmony among the people of Nigeria, Jamilu Yusuf Dan’Umma, a stalwart of the party partnered with religious organizations in Adamawa to ensure a sustained peaceful coexistence.
Dan”umma through his Non Governmental organization (NGO), Organization for Innovation and Sustainable Development finalized and concluded plans to begin peace awareness campaigns in warring communities of Adamawa.
The NGO told our correspondent in Yola will tour the twenty-one Local Government of the State in preaching the need for harmonious living as the bedrock of development.
Yusuf who is the NGO’s Director has during the meeting reiterated that APC is the best party for Nigerians whose ideals are for peaceful coexistence, bringing together Nigerians to the place of development.
He said the main dominant religious bodies in the state he will liaise with in reaching out to people, especially areas bedeviled with communal crises over land disputes or herders and farmers clashes over grazing areas.
He disclosed that the essence of the meeting is to reawaken the religious leaders on the need of living together as Brothers with a common understanding of the importance of peace as the panacea to the development of their communities.
He worried that conflicts and disputes has done no good to everyone or society as the resultant effects are nothing than dead, displacement, underdevelopment, and economic stagnation.
In his efforts to partner with the religious organizations, Yusuf paid a courtesy call to Adamawa Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Muslim Council of Nigeria (MCN) leadership and reiterated that his organization will be willing to help in bringing peace, help in crisis-affected areas.
He posited that without proper reconciliation and forgiveness jobless youths who are still bittered will be negatively used by desperate politicians to further mar the nature of the 2023 elections and after which they embrace thuggery as a normal way of life, causing violence, vandalism, and criminal act in their respective communities.
He said most of the time Youth take violence as the best option to air their grievances over sundry issues ranging from unemployment, poor infrastructure, poverty, and underdevelopment of our communities.
He added that the menace of insecurity is consciously ignited by the growing numbers of jobless youth who are mostly agitating for their rights, given an example of the dreaded “Shila boys” groups in Yola North, and Yola South, and Girei local government areas as a valid case.
The APC Loyalist also referred to the degradation of natural resources and climate change as stressors which has incapacitated farming activities as another bothering case in the state.
“These and many more have led to inter-communal violence in some local government areas, some are also associated with competitive areas for agricultural land and are all preventable if there is peaceful coexistence.” Yusuf pointed.
Applauding the state government for its support, the NGO director further called for more synergy with its host in security and conflict management in Adamawa, especially Yola North and other local governments.
While responding to the issues raised by Jamilu during the courtesy call, Rev Philip Shehu Vice Chairman of CAN, and Chairman MCN Adamawa State, Mal Gombo Jika were elated with the effort made by the NGO.
They commended the group for its selfless move to bring development and peace Building in Adamawa State.
They called on the people of Adamawa State to give peace a chance by supporting a movement like this innovated by Yusuf to bring development to Adamawa communities.