Women Without Walls Initiative observes with shock and pain a repeat of the painful past we all have tried so hard to forget. Following the recent killings in Barkin Ladi , we condemn the murder of innocent citizens by Fulani herdsmen as acknowledged by the chairman of Miyetti Allah, North Central zone. We also condemn the reprisal attacks of innocent individuals by the aggrieved youths from Barkin Ladi and Jos South areas. We are deeply affected by the dastardly actions of these faceless individuals, but we call for calm and urge all stakeholders to end reprisal attacks on other innocent individuals and passers-by.

Women Without Walls Initiative therefore appeals for calm everywhere as we do not support any act of violence against any group of people irrespective of their ethnic, religious or political affiliations. All Nigerians should refrain from retaliatory attacks on non-indigenes in their midst. Whatever grievances any people group may have, there are non- violent and constitutional ways of resolving these issues. Enough of the shedding of innocent blood on our land. We must all task ourselves on providing sustainable peace to ensure development in all ramifications.

The walk of peace goes far beyond mere words but we must in our actions towards one another be peace lovers, for the sake of our future as a nation. Hate speech is a strong catalyst of war and has the power to destroy the well -being of any nation. We must as a people weigh the consequence of our words before uttering them, and in the situation where hurtful words may have been said carelessly, it is important for stakeholders within the community to come out and debunk such statements as well as apologise on behalf of their group. With regards to this, we show absolute disappointment with the statement made by the Chairman, North Central Zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle breeders, Danladi Ciroma , justifying the attack on lives and property as a consequence of cattle rustling.

We call on appropriate authorities to question this inhumane statement and demonstrate a balance in their duties towards the protection of lives and properties. It is time for leaders of various communities to convene town hall meetings and call their youths to order. Religious leaders should ensure that they preach peace from their pulpits and women must use their positions as wives and mothers to solicit for peace in their homes and communities. We call

on the governor of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Lalong, to protect lives and property in the state.

We call on the Minister of Defence to rise up to his responsibility to ensure the defence of Nigerian citizens irrespective of tribe or religion.

We call on the president of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari to be a father to all and end the bloodbath in Nigeria, especially in the middle belt.

We must follow the path of peace if we do not want to see our nation over-run by gun-toting individuals, unsafe for our sons and daughters.

A united and peaceful Nigeria is better for all of us than splintered mono-ethnic people’s nation.

We pray for the return of peace in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Pastor Esther Ibanga
Executive Director
Women Without Walls Initiative