Newly inaugurated President of ACDA, Comrade Dr. Silas Adamu expressed this shortly after their inauguration at the Agwatyap’s Palace in Zango Kataf LGA on Wednesday January 13, 2020.
“As new Executive members of the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA), we intend to roll out strategies, in conjunction with the peace committee set up by the Palace, our brothers and sisters that we have been together for years; the Hausa and Fulani communities amd other ethnic nationalities in our land alongside government agencies and the state government to find lasting peace in our land.
“We reject the impression that our land is a land that devours its
inhabitants and shall work hard to reverse the trend to make it a land
flowing with milk and honey,” he said.
President noted with extreme joy the history making epoch to have
witnessed the inauguration of the new Executive Committee of the Atyap
Community Development Association (ACDA), which the Almighty God and the
entire Atyap race has bestowed on them.
“Glory be to God first for making us to be found worthy of being reposed with so much confidence by our people.
the challenges posed by the insecurity in Atyapland, bedevilled by
conflicts and crises, one would say we need the total orbit of God’s
light to be able to weave through the complex situation we find
ourselves in,” he said.
they are glad that their paramount Ruler, the Agwatyap 3, Sir Dominic
Gambo Yahaya, in consultations with well meaning sons and daughters of
Atyapland as well as the state government and other patriotic Nigerians
has already shown them the way to go by taking the gauntlet of the
search for peaceful coexistence amongst the belligerent groups in their
“We are going to tow this line by concentrating first and
resolving to change this narrative of bloodletting and war to that of
peaceful coexistence for development and progress of our people.
at peace building have been difficult and will continue to pose very
grave challenges because of internal contradictions placed by human
“In the first place, we as a people are finding it
difficult to accept that the only solution to the carnage is to attune
our minds to the search for peace, yet no one has come out with any
meaningful alternative to to the peace efforts initiated by the Palace
some months ago.
“It is this effort that we are presently
enjoying the little understanding we have at the moment. While
commending all parties that have made themselves available as change
agents for peaceful coexistence, especially the Agwatyap himself and
other patriots of our land,” he said.
those who are yet to appreciate the need for peaceful coexistence to
queue hehind the efforts initiated by the Palace.
out that another problem that is acting against a quick return to peace
is that the main belligerents, the primary parties in the conflict, have
not been faithful to some of the terms of the peace summit held to
broker peace in their land as parties have not refrained from
incitements and actual altercations which have put some doubts in the
minds of doubters that the summit was a failure.
“While we show
extreme objections to these breaches leading to loss of lives through
skirmishes occasioned by guerilla tactics, we hasten to call on all
parties to sheathe their swords as conflict is an ill wind that blows no
one any good.
“We hasten to note that another hindrance to the
peace efforts is the dangerous aspect that these primary parties
involved in the conflict are being controlled by secondary parties whose
interest in the conflict is more sinister with economic and political
undertones but standing aloof and pretending not to be part of the
“This has further exacerbated the problem at
peace building. With interests that are very different from the main
belligerents but more sinister to our brotherliness, this almost
intractable problem needs to be taken headlong by identifying these
shadow parties to the conflict and in order to stem the killing and
maiming of our people,” he stressed.
ACDA President emphasized
that they can no longer continue to pretend that the best form of
leadership they can give to their people; Atyap, Hausa, Fulani and all
is to continue to allow blood flowing in the land, “with deaths dotted
here and there, houses and other property being burnt, while the
sponsors of the conflict or merchants smile to the bank and feasting on
the blood of our people.”
return of normalcy is achievable within a very short time if all hands
are on deck in the search for peace.
“And this can actually
be escalated first at our level of understanding of the problems that
brought about the problem and get the conflict enterpreneurs out of our
land for good.
“Accordingly, we call on all well meaning sons and
daughters of our land, Atyap, Hausa, Fulani and other nationalities
both within Nigeria and the diaspora to support every effort at
reconciling, rehabilitating and reconstructing our people and land for
genuine peace,” he added.
paramount ruler, the Agwatyap 3, Sir Domimic Gambo Yahaya in holding
high the torch of peace and vowed to complement his efforts for a quick
return to peace.
“In the same vein, the Kaduna State
Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has continued to give us tremendous support in the search for
peace and very soon, our new executives shall further strong bonds of
consultations in this regards for a quick return to peaceful relations
amongst the ethnic groups who have lived peacefully for years and
created good economic-political environment that led to the growth of so
many flourishing individuals that have had their mark in the progress
of our people and the state in general.
“We commend the efforts
of the out-going Executives led by Professor Lucius Bamaiyi that has
done so much to hold the thin threads of unity and peace together and we
hope to tap from your wealth pf experience in moving our people to the
“The efforts of the security agents so far is
very commendable towards maintaining law and order and we appeal to all
our people to remain peaceful by eschewing violence,” he concluded.
Originally Published viaThe Gazette Nigeria