The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who were displaced as a result of the crisis that recently bedeviled Nigeria’s northwestern Southern Kaduna, has showered encomium on the Joint Military Task Force otherwise known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), for bringing relief materials to ameliorate their situation in a make-shift camp.
The IDPs who were elated to see men in uniform donating food items and sanitary wares, said their hope is rekindled in the mist of untold hardship faced in the camp.
Their hope was further built when the Taskforce Commander, Maj. Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, assured them that their stay as IDPs will soon be short-lived, as discussions are ongoing to resettle them back to their villages.
“We are holding peace talk with relevant stakeholders from your communities and very soon we will return you all back to your villages with adequate security.
“The gesture you see today is our efforts through Civil Military Relations from the Defence Headquarters”, the Army boss said.
Earlier, Okonkwo had addressed youths at a summit tagged ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ held at Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the State.
While speaking at the summit he charged stakeholders to put an end to the circle of violence, adding that tolerance is a vital tool to peace.
“This conflict is bedeviled with ethnic dimension, but sheath your sword and make conscious efforts to see each other as one.
“We also solicit for accurate and timely information to enable us respond promptly during attacks”, Okonkwo said.
Our correspondent reports that palliatives were distributed to two separate IDPs, one to the natives and the other to the Fulani’s all in Zangon Kataf LGA.