Southern Kaduna Crises: Victims Preach Message of Genuine Forgiveness
By Femi Adi
In a bid to entrench lasting peace in Southern Kaduna , victims of the ethno-religious crises said true reconciliation can be achieved only when there is genuine forgiveness.
Two victims of southern Kaduna crises ,who in their separate remarks during the monthly Peace Journalism conference organize by Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Kaduna and supported by Mercy Corps, shared their bitter experiences.
The Victims , Katrine Bernard and Marwanatu Abubakar, who both lost their husbands and children, homes and property shared their grieves and urged other victims to forgive those that killed their loved once for peace to reign .
Apart from sharing the message of forgiveness, the duo are also spread the gospel of forgiveness as panacea for true reconciliation and importance of living together without any kind of intimidation to promote Christian-Muslim relationship in the country.
Marwanatu Abubakar, a resident of popular volatile Kasuwar Magani in Southern Kaduna, shared her experience with an appeal for all affected to find space in the hearts to forget the past and forgive perpetrators of their crises that resulted in the killings of their loved ones .
Haj. Abubakar told newsmen that some group of well equipped youth from no where came into their house burnt the home and killed her husband.
According to her ,the group of young people killed her husband in such a gruesome manner that had remained in memory , until she space in hear to forgive them.
She said the crisis in southern Kaduna has cause a serious set back that has affected peace stability, education, economy infractions and increase insecurity challenges.
She equally confirmed that Kasuwan Magani was known for peace and peaceful community as Muslims and Christians have been living together irrespective of religious different but as brother and sisters in the Northern region, many years without any forms of threat and insecurity problem.
Marwanatu said, she has forgiven all those that killed her husband and burned their house, while calling on every victims of southern Kaduna attacks to equally forgive those that killed their love ones for peace and unity and for the progress of the Nation.
While calling on state and federal government to equally provide adequate security, she then called on residents to remember the day of resurrection, She called on southern Kaduna youth to shun all forms of violence and embrace peace,Accordingly, narrating her experience Katrine Bernard , Christian woman, equally stated how she lost her husband and children at the same gangs attack of kasuwar magani the same manner in same day.
While she explained in detail how the killers came to her house and killed her husband who was ill and her daughter the same day, Katherine said she has forgiven those that killed her husband and her daughter. Katherine chooses to spread the gospel of forgiveness and reconciliation among all the victims of Southern Kaduna.
The two bereave women after losing their husbands and some of the their children are now staying in a rented house, thought not without challenges one of the greatest being lack of food and skill to take care of the remaining orphans.
As they continued to spread the gospel of peace and forgiveness, they equally appealed to state and federal government, corporate organization and wealthy individual to support them morally and financially on ways to take care of their remaining rescue children. The call for support was collaborated by the Co-founder of IMC Dr. Nuraini Ashafa.
Haj. Abubakar and Mrs Bernard, others during peace journalism meeting in Kaduna.