COWAPI calls for Dialogue between FG and Jama’atu ahl lil Sunna lil Daawati wal Jihad
M.A Ibrahim – Maiduguri
The Confederation of Women Association for Peace Initiative (COWAPI) in a press conference held at its Office in Maiduguri called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and both factions of Jama’atu ahl lil Sunna lil Daawati wal Jihad to initiate dialogue and negotiation process with immediate effect.
In her speech, the president of the confederation Ambassador Ummu Kalthum Muhammad Rabiu said “we want to make a clarion call to all insurgents to shield their swords and embrace peace. This is because we as mothers, sisters and daughters are tired with the wanton killings and the bloodshed that is going in Borno state. We strongly believe that every life is sacred and no one has the right to take the life of another individual no matter the reason except where such is sanctioned by law as punishment for crimes.”
She also stated that ” Some people might argue that Peace is not possible in such a highly militarized world. However, I believe that Peace is both possible and urgent. It is achievable when we each become impassioned about peace and filled with an ethic that makes peace our objective and we each put into practice our moral sense of political/social responsibility to build peace and justice.”
Furthermore, Amb. Kalthum also pointed out that ” To build peace we are challenged to reject the bomb the bullet and all the techniques of violence. Unfortunately, we are constantly bombarded with the glorification of militarism and war so building a culture of Peace and nonviolence will not be an easy task. But it can done; we can do it if we really mean business. At this juncture we hereby call upon the Federal Government of Nigeria and both factions of Jama’atu ahl lil Sunna lil Daawati wal Jihad to initiate dialogue and negotiation process with immediate effect. In the meantime we are calling on all the people of Borno especially women like us to support the military, Civilian Joint Task Force and other sister agencies.”
It could be recalled that the Confederation paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff in December 2018 to show solidarity and support for the Nigerian Army. The confederation is made up of 10 women associations in Borno state comprising of Da’awah wal Irshad, University of Maiduguri Muslim Women Association (UMMWA), Girls Organization for Human Right and Social Justice (GOHSOJ), Future Prowess Widows Association, Nimble Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (NYEDI), Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE), Initiative for Women Empowerment Advancement and Rehabilitation (IWEAR), Hannun Rahama, Women Association for the Promotion of Peace and Unity (WAPPU) and New Life for Women who were all registered under the aegis of Confederation of Women Association for Peace Initiative (COWAPI).