BY ISRAEL BULUS, KAFANCHAN
Three warring Communities: Aten, Atakar and Fulani communities in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) otherwise called, a Commitment to Peace Agreement on Monday in Riyom.
The aimed is to foster community dialogue where communities will continue to speak to one another rather than engage each other in violent conflict and explore avenues that will bring an end to their age-long crises that have led to loss of lives and properties.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman, Riyom LGA, Mafeng Bwallson reiterated that, “The coming together of the three communities to discuss the way forward shows how everyone is interested in peace. This is an impetus. And we are going to pursue peace in any means possible.”
The Atar Aten of Ganawuri in Plateau State, HRH Yakubu Chaimang and his compatriot Agwam Takad from Kaduna State, HRH Tobias Nkom Wada have applauded the Commitment to Peace Agreement initiative. Enjoined all the parties concerned to show commitment towards achieving peaceful coexistence.
The MoU on Commitment to Peace Agreement read in parts: “Following the willingness of concerned parties, the Plateau State Peace Building Agency (PPBA) and Kaduna State Peace Commission with funding support from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) intervened through systematic dialogue and mediation to find amicable resolution to longstanding conflict between Aten, Atakar and Fulani communities in Ganawuri Chiefdom of Riyom LGA, Plateau State and Kaura LGA, Kaduna State.
“After series of frank discussions with critical stakeholders, we the undersigned hereby on this day 21st December, 2020, commit ourselves on behalf of our respective communities/organizations to follow the path of peace in resolving any longstanding and future disputes between us.
” The aim of the symbolic signing of this expression of Commitment to Peace declaration under the facilitation of the
Plateau Peace Building Agency and Kaduna State Peace Commission is to further demonstrate our commitment,
dedication and devotion to henceforth explore the path of peace in resolving all contentious issues of conflict between us with a view of to heal, forgive, reconcile and to foster mutual respect and understanding with one another. thanks.”
The Plateau State Peace Building Agency in partnership with the Kaduna State Peace Commission facilitated the Commitment to Peace Agreement and was supported by the United States Institute for Peace.