The Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Wednesday launched its peace building project in Damaturu, Yobe, to promote peaceful coexistence among communities in the North-East.
The Executive Secretary of the fund, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, said the project was aimed at rebuilding and strengthening peace in the communities to enhance resettlement and rehabilitation.
Ochoche said the fund had over the years contributed to the rebuilding, reconstruction and rehabilitation of affected persons in the North-East and was committed toward restoring hope among the returnee communities.
“VSF has been actively involved in the peace building process in the North-East over the years and we will continue to do that to achieve lasting peace.
“We have been dealing with economic, educational, health and security components; this peace initiative will bring back the confidence lost in the minds of the people,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project brought together stakeholders from religious and traditional institutions, politicians, security, the civil service, the youth and the media to promote and strengthen peace in the communities.
The stakeholders assured to work together to sustain the peace and security achieved across the state for socio-economic growth of the people, region and country.
Ustaz Hudu Mohammed, an Islamic cleric, who represented Muslim faithful, said the message would be passed to all Muslims across the state.
Similarly, Pastor Martin Ikem of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said Christian followers would be adequately sensitised to the need to embrace peace at all times.
NAN reports that the peace building project was part of the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation programme of the fund.(NAN)