Interfaith Mediation Centre Conducts Workshop for Insurgency VictimsIn Borno

By Ibrahim M Shelizza

The Interfaith Mediation Centre has conducted a two days workshop for Widows and other victims of insurgency from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps in Maiduguri as part of preparations to empower them to face the future with pride.

Speaking to newsmen during the workshop, Imam( Dr.) Muhammad Nurayan Ashafa Co-Executive Director and Deputy Chief of Party for the Tolerance programme said, "empowering the victims to carry their destiny in thrir own hands is the best gift to them".

He said victims of insurgency should not be seen as " people of Borno" but as Nigerian citizens because Borno is not an ethnic entity but a geograhical expression which represents Unity of purpose.

In his own contribution Pastor(Dr.) James Movel Wuye explained that the training was to give the victims the capacity to mitigate the effects i.e pains by them using faith based which allows them to letgo what has happened in the past.

He said the psycho-social challenges suffered has created deep wounds on the victims but with faith based reasoning it was easier for them to forgive perpetrators of violence and carry on with their lives henceforth.

Pastor (Dr.) James Movel Wuye observed that healing and reconstruction is urgently needed in Borno and calls on both Christians and Muslims in Borno to come together and forget the past so that the state could move forward.

He commended the Borno state Government, NGOs and all stakeholders for their contribution and also called on citizens not to take the laws into their hands and give peace a chance to thrive in the state.