Religious leaders effective for long-term peace building – Report

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Findings of a qualitative research on the role of religious leaders in conflict resolution across conflicting communities yesterday showed that religious leaders have a higher potential for long term peace building than traditional leaders in Plateau State.
The research which was conducted in four phases between November 2014 and August 2016 by Mercy Corps Nigeria, an international organization working to resolve conflicts in Plateau, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Benue States focused on four local government areas of Plateau including Bokkos, Barkin Ladi, Jos North and Riyom.
Agnieszka Fal, a research fellow for Mercy Corps said the research also said conflicts between pastoralists and farmers were mostly resource based focusing on access to land and water and stressed that despite the authority of religious leaders, community members do not engage them on mediation of land disputes until such disputes become violent.

On his part, programme coordinator for Mercy Corps, Sani Suleiman said based on the findings of the research, Mercy Corps would intensify efforts in creating linkages between community level religious leaders and other levels of religious leaders.

Daily Trust

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