Lutheran Church adopts interfaith approach to tackle farmers/herders clashes in Adamawa

WorldStage Newsonline– The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has adopted interfaith relation mechanism for reconciliation in Adamawa State as part of measures to resolve the perennial clashes between farmers and herders in Adamawa State.

Chairman of the church, Rt. Rev. Peter Bartimaus, made the disclosure at a press conference in Yola.

Bartimaus said involving the process of global framework provided by the United Nations would address the conflicts.

The program, in collaboration with United Adamawa Forum (UAF) and Global Peace Reconciliation Initiative, drafted and submitted a shadow report on the issue of human right violation at the session of Universal Periodic Review for examination of human right abuses.

The report submitted in the UN building in Geneva, had 190 countries in the world participating in the review session of the report.

Bartimaus said other priorities for the advocacy included religious freedom, climate change and environmental protection, IDPs, economic injustice and HIV in the issues.”

He stated further: “LCCN church is involved because Numan federation, which has been the Centre of the farmers and herder crisis is the home of LCCN.

“It behoves on the church to explore every possible ways to promote peace for, the protection of lives of the people.

“This has already been done in several ways since the crisis started in Adamawa.

“It is duty of the civil societies to make recommendation about what goes in the country, to enable the various missions make recommendation for Nigeria.

“Writing a report to United Nations Human Rights Councils is not to bring a claim to the government, but a revelation of our interest in peace.”

The church however condemned human right abuses in all forms of its ramifications and urged for strengthening of the National Human Rights Commission to tackle human rights violations more effectively

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