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NHRC tasks community leaders on peace building in Adamawa

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NHRC tasks community leaders on peace building in Adamawa

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged community leaders to work towards promoting peace and harmonious coexistence in Adamawa.

Fatima Mohammed, Media and Communication Lead, Transitional Justice project, NHRC, made the call during the Peace, Reconciliation and Reintegration outreach, on Tuesday, at Malkohi community in Yola South Local Government Area of the state.

She said that forgiveness, reconciliation and reintegration were imperative towards promoting peace, unity and stability in the Northeast.

Mohammed urged the communities to accept deradicalised Boko Haram insurgents for integration into the society to fast track peace restoration process in the region.

Malam Abubakar Gidado, Ward Head, Malkohi community, expressed readiness of members of the community to accept deradicalised insurgents in the society.

Gidado, who was represented by his secretary, Bashiru Aliyu, said that, “we are ready to accept repentant combatants who were fully screened by authorities under the Operation Safe Corridor.

“We have already accepted six persons who had been deradicalised under Operation Safe Corridor, in the past three years, and we are leave peacefully with them.

“They are from Borno, they engaged in farming and trading activities in the community.’’

Gidado also called on other community leaders to embrace the reintegration programme for sustainable social and economic development in the state.

Also, Umar Abubakar, Chairman, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), commended governments, humanitarian actors and community members for their support.

One of the rehabilitated persons, Adamu Usman, said that he was leaving with his family in the host community.

He further urged the government to provide them with assistance to enable them to improve the social and economic development of the host community and the state at large.

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