"Fostering Peace in Nigeria's Restive Middle Belt: The Work of the Kaduna Peace Commission"
Ms. Priscilla Ankut Esq, Chief Executive Officer, Kaduna State Peace Commission.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Darren Kew, Associate Professor, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Nigeria's Kaduna state is the heart of the nation's conflict-ridden Middle Belt region, and like the country, is even split between Muslims and Christians. Kaduna thus has suffered all the main conflicts much of Northern Nigeria has seen in recent years: farmer-herder violence, kidnappings, ethnic disputes, radical religious insurgents, and growing tensions between a young Shi'ite minority and the Sunni majority. In 2017, Governor El Rufai established the Kaduna Peace Commission to tackle these disputes and to help the state set up extensive peace infrastructure to prevent future violence. Ms. Ankut, a civil society leader in peace initiatives across the region, has been the Commission's Chief Executive Officer since its inception, and will discuss its objectives, accomplishments, and ongoing concerns and struggles in working to bring peace to Kaduna state.
Ms. Ankut is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the Kaduna State Peace Commission - an agency established by the government to promote peaceful and harmonious co-existence in the state. With over 20 years of professional experience in technical leadership and management of large donor funded programs (British Council, European Commission, UNDP, UK DFID), Ms Ankut brings a lot of passion and commitments in helping communities to adopt non-violent ways of managing conflicts. She holds an LLM (Master’s degree) in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and an LL.B (Hons), Civil Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.