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20th of October 2018

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2019: Centre trains Kaduna Youths on promoting violence free election

About one hundred youths from election crises prone areas of Kaduna State have been trained on promoting inter-religious and cultural coexistence ahead of the primary and 2019 general elections in the state.

The training, held at Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna on Wednesday was organised by Raiciid Dialogue Centre of International Fellows programme in conjunction with Interreligious and cultural coexistence, was attended by renowned Christian and Muslim scholars, including Muhammed Ashafa and Bitrus Dangiwa of Interfaith Mediation Center. The training also dwelled heavily on relationships between politicians and youth, and need to avoid violence instigated by desperate politicians during electioneering in 2018/2019.

Clerics lamented that religious bodies, Muslim and Christian leaders, have been politicized, creating disharmony among the religious followers and supporters of various politicians.

Speaking, the convener of the forum Samila Yahaya of Raiciid Dialogue Centre, said the essence of the training is to ensure peaceful election and to avoid repeat of the election violence of the past in the state.

He said they started with Chikun owning to the high population of the area especially Sabon Tasha, and intended to extend same to other areas of the communities in the state for the purpose of promoting crises free election ahead of 2019.

Yahaya said the arrangement was made for 100 participants, lamenting that less than the number attended due to the electioneering and political engagements in town.

Islamic leaders of different sects in Nasarawa community, and Pastors from different denomination and church backgrounds made presentation on how to avoid politically motivated violence..

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