The Plateau State Peace Building Agency, Thursday honoured Mr. Muhammadu Isa, 80, who voluntarily clears grasses, gutters and water wells in community he was displaced from during religious crisis.
Mr. Isa, a former Muslim resident of Jenta Makeri, a Christian dominated community in Jos, the capital of Plateau State was sacked during the 2008 Jos crisis with his house demolished.
However, every year, he returns from Magama village in Bauchi State, about 40kms from Jos, to offer free sanitation services for a week.
This he did for over 10 years thus attracting the attention of the conflict resolution agency.
“If there is anything that exemplifies service, forgiveness and reconciliation, it is this old man,” said Mr. Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of the Agency.
The Governor of the State, Simon Lalong at the event – Peace Summit organized by the agency said attention needed to be given to “transitional justice mechanisms such as forgiveness, healing and reconciliation” as channels to achieving lasting peace in the state.
The Summit was part of activities marking the 2019 international peace day.
The Agency had held several other programs since Monday ahead of the Day’s celebration on Saturday.
It is expected to carry out tree planting activities, Friday in line with the International Peace Day theme: “Climate Action for Peace.”