Ahead of the 2023 General elections, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association and the Southern Kaduna Council of Imams and Ulamaa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to maintain peaceful coexistence in the region.
According to Daily Post, the MoU signed by Emmanuel Nuhu Kure and Chief Imam Muhammad D. Kassim, on behalf of the two religions.
A statement issued at the end of the peace pact stated, “Having identified stakeholders (Christians and Muslims) committed to the promotion of peaceful co-existence among communities in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria, the above leaders do undertake to sign this MOU as a mark of their commitment towards sustaining peaceful coexistence for progress before, during and after the February/March 2023 General Elections.”
The two factions agreed that if a crisis broke out elsewhere, they would work together to prevent it from spreading to Southern Kaduna and involving their members.
It said that if anyone tried to aid foreigners in creating or initiating a crisis, they would jointly release their members to defend the country from external and domestic unrest prior to, during, and after the 2023 general elections.
“This MOU is meant to serve as a reminder of the commitment of the undersigned in support of a crisis-free 2023 general elections in Southern Kaduna. It also establishes a basis for ongoing dialogue and cooperation between the participants, so that future interventions and areas of mutual interest may be brought under this framework,” the statement explained.