BY ISRAEL BULUS, KAFANCHAN
As the world marks this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), Atyap, Hausa and Fulani women in Atyap Chiefdom of Southern Kaduna have called for an end to incessant attacks resulting in loss of lives and property in the area.
LEADERSHIP reports that the Atyap Chiefdom in Zango Kataf Local Government Area has become a hotbed of attacks in recent times.
The women, who came in out in their numbers on Monday clad in white and red dresses, staged a peaceful demonstration in Samaru community of Zango Kataf Local Government Area.
They carried placards with inscriptions: ‘Enough of the killings in our land’, ‘Hausa, Fulani and Atyap are one’, ‘We are tired of losing our husbands and children,’ ‘We need peace in the land.
The leader of the women, Tabitha Bako, stated that while other women around the world are rolling out drums to celebrate today, they had decided to hold a peaceful rally to seek an end to the killings in the land.
Bako said that women bear the brunt during crisis as they are left to suffer when their bread winners are lost to such crisis.
“We have not gathered here to blame anyone for what is going on, neither are we here to count our losses. Rather we are here to plead with our men to sheathe their sword.
“We are saying enough is enough. Enough of the bloodshed. We are tired of having widows and orphans amongst us.
“We have come to the realization that we are the receiving end of it all, because we go through alot of hardship when our husbands are killed out there,” she added
In his remarks, the Agwatyap, Sir Dominic Gambo, commended the women for using the IWD to lend their voices to the struggle for lasting peace in Southern Kaduna and the country at large.
The traditional ruler, who was represented by Mr Luke Adankat, called on the women to prevail on the youths and their husbands at home on the need to give peace a chance.
“We are pleased with the way you have conducted yourselves in a peaceful manner.We must continue to show love and be our brother’s keeper
“It is God’s will for the Hausa, Fulani and Atyap to live together in this land. If it wasn’t God’s will, we won’t be here, so let us respect and tolerate another one.
“When you go home, use your influence to prevail on your husbands and youths to stop the violence because it does not help anyone,” he added
Also speaking, John Gora, Chairman of the Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Partnership Committee said peace had become necessary as there can be no meaningful development without peace.
Gora restated the resolve of the committee to work towards bringing about lasting peaceful co-existence in the area.