Lt-Gen Theophillus Danjuma (Retd), chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative (PCNI), has said that activities aimed at creating peaceful coexistence among communities in the insurgency ravaged Northeast region of the country should be sustained.
He stated that this onlyway guarantee the return of lasting peace among communities and religious groups in the area.
Danjuma made this call through a member of the committee from Gombe State, Mallam Aliyu Kamara, at the opening ceremony of an inter-religious dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the Northeast held in Gombe.
According to him, PCNI, in collaboration with Green Horizon, has continued to engage community and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders to facilitate the return of peace to the area that has known no peace for almost decade due to activities of terrorists.
He said the committee would continue to partners with relevant stakeholders and promote peace through formal and informal arbitration mechanisms.
He stressed that government would also continue to promote adherence to the rule of law while providing an enabling environment for dialogue as well as reintegration.
He called on religious leaders to use their sermons in various worship places to educate and create awareness on obedience to constituted authorities and the need to live in peace with their neighbours.
Earlier, chairman of Green Horizon, a consultancy firm, Professor Mohammed Tabiu (SAN), who was represented by the state coordinator, Ahmed H Yauta, said the workshop was organized by PCNI with the aim of creating an avenue for peaceful resolution of disputes, respect for human rights among others.
He regretted that Boko Haram has killed about 30,000 innocent Nigerians and rendered about two million others homeless through their terrorist activities in the last eight years.
He said Green Horizon had assembled facilitators to lead the dialogue in six centres across the northeast.