Southern Kaduna People Union, SOKAPU, Women Wing, Friday in Kafanchan took the prevailing insecurity in the area to God in prayers.
Tagged, “Prayer and Peace Summit,” with all chapters of the 23 local government areas represented, the women offered prayers for God’s intervention to restore peace in Southern Kaduna.
Some of the placards at the venue read, “We need peace and security, stop making us widows and orphans, open our institutions, stop making us homeless and stop marginalizing us. We need equal treatment, we need access to our farmlands and stop the unlawful arrests.”
Pastor Mrs Cinderella Emmanuel Bako, in a word of exhortation, assured the people of Southern Kaduna of the need to seek the face of God for His protection and total deliverance of the area.
She noted that any community that trusts in God could not be defeated in any battle, stressing that if the people of Southern Kaduna rededicated themselves to their creator, the challenges would be stepping stone to their success.
The National Coordinator, Women Wing of the Southern Kaduna People Union, SOKAPU, Mrs. Catherine John Amangs, called on the federal and the Kaduna State governments to take proactive measures towards ensuring the restoration of absolute peace in the area.
She expressed concern that if something was not urgently done to enable farmers access to their farm land this year, there may be serious hunger in the area next year.
“As mothers, we have cried enough all these years, witnessing all kinds of killings after any slightest provocation. Enough of all that has happened.
“We are calling on all hands to be on deck towards arriving at a common ground of understanding.
“Peace, the world over cannot be bought with money. History has made us to understand it can only be realized through dialogue, tolerance and understanding. If it is so, efforts should be made by our stakeholders to come to a round table discussion towards realizing this noble objective so that Southern Kaduna which is known for peace will regain its rightful place.
“It is sad thay today, Southern Kaduna is known as a battlefield for bloodshed, an area where the number of widows and orphans is on the increase on a daily basis, an area where people run for their lives without hope of being rescued, an area where the few left dare not make an attempy to go to their farmlands for fear of the unknown.
“Schools have been closed for months without any hope of reopening, and above all, business activities have come to a standstill.
“Man has failed us but we have a very big God who is by our side if we hold unto Him, He will not fail us even if the whole world turns its back on us”, she said.