From Mustapha Saye, Kaduna
The son of Kudirat Abiola, Abduljamiu Abiola has said that if his mother was alive she would not be happy over the insecurity in Kaduna State because she detested violence.
He said his mother, who was born in Sabon Gari area of Zazzau Emirate lived with members of the community peacefully. “She was a woman of peace,” he said.
“Yes she wouldn’t be happy over the insecurity in Kaduna State. She would have put in efforts to ensure that peace prevails in the state,” he stressed.
He made this known while speaking at two-day capacity training for staff of Chikun Local Government Area organised by Kaduna Peace Commission in collaboration with Kudirat Abiola Sabon Garin Peace Foundation on Wednesday.
Abiola noted that the foundation was miffed with the insecurity in the state, saying, “it was based on this premise that we Abiola want to educate the local government staff on the need to have peace in our communities.” “We are starting in Chikun LG as a pilot scheme for us to see how we can move to other local government areas of the state,” he added. Speaking at the event, the Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM), Hajiya Khadijah Hawaja Gambo said to ensure peace is attained in the local government areas, the commission set up peace committees in the 23 local government areas of the state.
According to her, the law that sets upthe commission says each local government area in the state must have a peace committee. “In 2019, we set up the peace committees.
In 2020, we were about starting the training of peace committees before Covid-19 outbreak prevented it,” she explained. Hajiya Gambo said that while they were thinking of how to commence the training for the peace committees, Kudirat Abiola Foundation approached them and they entered partnership. “God blessed us with the Kudirat Foundation, who came knocking on our doors for partnership and we grabbed the opportunity.
“They were magnanimous and asked for the pressing issue and we told them we needed to train our peace committees to be on ground effectively,” she disclosed. “We are looking forward to Kaduna returning to a peaceful state, not only Kaduna, but Nigeria,” she declared.
In her remarks, the overseer of Chikun Local Government Area, Mrs. Jummai Yero, in a goodwill message, said that Chikun is delighted to be first for the training of peace committee members. “As we attend this workshop, we would be able to reform Chikun LGA and make it peaceful again.
“We pray God intervenes and stops our youth because drug abuse is a big problem.
“Chikun LGA needs serious counseling and peace. We need funds to be able to achieve more and step the programme down to various wards and even districts,” she stressed. Declaring the training open, the state Commissioner for Local Government, Jaafaru Sani commended the initiative of the organisers in bringing the training to the grassroots.
He said peace is becoming an expensive venture than governance, saying, “I know how cost effective it is to manage crisis if it erupted in local government.”