By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
Traditional rulers in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have appealed to the Federal Government and the legislative arm to define their roles in the constitution to enable them achieve their mandates as custodians of peace at the grassroots.
The first class Chiefs made the appeal in Zonkwa, the headquarters of the Local Government, during a capacity building organized workshop organized by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), at the weekend.
The Agwam Bajju, Mallam Nuhu Bature, who was represented by the District Head of Madakiya, Mr David Kantiyok, said traditional rulers should be involved in peace processes during conflicts.
Similarly, the Agwatyap, Mr Dominic Gambo Yahaya, who was represented by Mr Musa Biliyock, lamented the degradation of traditional institutions which used to be arbiters during conflicts between individuals or groups.
Earlier, the Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr Bakut Tswah Bakut, called for value reorientation from the family unit to create awareness on how to sustain peace in pluralist communities.
Bakut, who identified respect for human dignity as the first step towards peace, charged the participants to focus more on factors that unite them.
He assured the royal fathers that their appeal would be channeled to the appropriate authorities.
In a presentation on peace-building for community stakeholders, the Director of Defence and Security Studies at the Institute, Dr Caleb Ayuba, said violence often results from mismanagement of crisis.
Dr Ayuba said as peace builders, stakeholders must engage in constructive and cooperative social relationships, noting that communication was key in conflict resolution.