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Cultism, illicit drugs identify as trigger to violence in Nigeria’s Plateau — NGO

By Skynewsafrica Nov23,2018

NIGERIA

Cultism and illicit drugs has been fingered as one of the cause to the incessant crisis that has bedeviled Nigeria’s northcentral of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, says a Non-governmental Organization, otherwise known as Search for Common Ground (SFCG).Speaking to our correspondent on Thursday in Jos the capital city, at a forum tagged, Agenda for Inter Dialogue Meeting for Jos North Communities, the Project Coordinator (SFCG), Patience Chaimang, said the forum is aimed at transforming the farmers/headers conflict and promoting religious freedom.

“We have identified the flash point communities frequently engulfed in violence both from Christian and Muslims neighborhood in Jos North LGA: we met the people of both communities at separate days and they lamented on the reoccurring circle of violence and we got those issues according to how they stated them and today we are having an inter dialogue with the same stakeholders from the troubled flash point communities. “Today’s forum is to make them work extensively with the aim to come up with an action plan to address the issues already identified”, Chaimang said.

On her part, the National Peace Adviser SFCG, Ema Billings, said the project became imperative owing to the recent crisis that engulfed Jos North community, and to better understand the issues, SFCG brought the affected residents together to brain storm the best way to coexist. Billings said that the factors mitigating against peaceful coexistence in the affected communities also includes, Ethnic divide, Religion as well as Cultism, adding that bringing the stakeholders together will help to identify the issues and proffer solutions, she said.Funded by Dutch government, the project is slated to run for two years, holding inter dialogue forums in Jos North, Jos South, Ryiom and Barkin-Ladi LGAs of Plateau as well as Nasarawa State.

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