Following series of engagements between the Fanstwam and Fulani Youths of Zipak Chiefdom, the two groups have agreed to put their past behind and work towards restoring peace and unity in the area.
The engagements which was hinched on the need to built trust between the two groups, was organised by a Non Governmental Organisation “Nexus Fare”, with funding support from Ladies Empowerment Goals and Support Initiative, LEGASI, and Peace Direct.
Addressing the youths during a feast to celebrate togetherness between the two groups, the Executive Director, Nexus Fare, Miss Felicia Bodi Alhassan, appreciated the youths for agreeing to put aside their differences and accept to accommodate one another in the interest of peace and development.
She explained that the objectives of the project which is to build trust and reconcile the youths who she noted are always the major actors during crisis and considering that another elections which hitherto caused the division in 2011 is around the corner.
While thanking the two groups for the Frank discussions which gave room for more understanding on each others differences, Miss Alhassan also appreciated her partners, for providing her with funding which she said led to the success of the program.
In his contribution, the facilitator of the program, Mr. Victor Abarshi, underscored the importance of respecting each others differences in sustaining and maintaining peace, even as he urged the youths to nurture and sustain the nascent peace being enjoyed in the land.
In a remark, the representative of Ladies Empowerment Goals and Support Initiative, LEGASI, Mr. Timothy Lawrence, commended the Fanstwam and Fulani youths for accepting to toy the path of peace, which he said can only be achieved if the different parties agree.
Giving his fatherly blessings, the Agwam Zipak, His Highness, Dr. Josiah Kantiyok who spoke through the Wazirin Fanstwam, Mr. Samuel Maigida, lamented the lack of trust existing between people of different faiths, even as he recalled that in the past, people lived in peace and harmony irrespective of their differences.
He blamed the current problem to politics and politicians whom he said are always looking for ways and opportunities to achieve their selfish interest at all costs.
He however, hoped that the feast will open a new chapter of peaceful and harmonious coexistence between people of diverse faiths in the Chiefdom.
Salama News reports that the meeting witnessed the Fanstwam and Fulani groups providing meals and appetisers for each other as a sign of togetherness and love.