Peacebuilding is central to establishing sustainable peace after violent conflict has deescalated. Existing studies on peacebuilding in Kaduna state are replete with the roles
of faith-based organisations. However, these studies have not optimally explored the
effectiveness of activities by faith-based organisations on peacebuilding in Kaduna
state. This study, therefore, examined the activities of faith-based organisations with a
view to evaluating their strengths and weaknesses towards advancing peacebuilding in
Kaduna State, Nigeria, from 1999 to 2012.
The study was premised on social capital theory and adopted descriptive survey
design. Three faith-based organisations (Interfaith Mediation Centre, Federation of
Muslim Women Association and Development and Peace Initiatives of Catholic
Church) in Kaduna were purposively selected because of their involvement in
peacebuilding. Six hundred and fifty two respondents were randomly selected from
seven local government areas (Markafi, Chikun, Kachia, Kaduna North, Kaduna
South, Lere and Zango Kataf) in the three senatorial districts (Kaduna North, Kaduna
South and Kaduna Central) where peacebuilding had been carried out. A structured
questionnaire was used to elicit information on activities of faith-based organisations
on peacebuilding and challenges experienced. This was complemented with five
sessions of focus group discussions with members of staff of the faith-based
organisations and 18 in-depth interviews with religious leaders and non-participant
observations. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics, while
qualitative data were content analysed.
About 73.8% of respondents were aged 26-45 years, 47.7% were married and 58.8%
were Christians. Respondents identified dialogue (62.8%), education (63.0%),
advocacy (63.0%), and mediation (62.8%) as highly supportive activities of faithbased organisations on peacebuilding in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Workshops, peace
accord signing among groups, counseling, enlightening campaign, community
participatory programmes on governance and capacity building were some of the
programmes that constituted activities of faith-based organisations on peacebuilding
in Kaduna State. Each of the selected faith-based organisations had expansive social
network, which included contacts that cut across religion, gender, age and ethnicity
for the purpose of establishing sustainable peace between groups, institutions and the
state. Rise in fanatical and intolerant groups (62.6%) and insufficient funds (63.4%)
constituted challenges to faith-based organisations in advancing peacebuilding in
Kaduna state. Long term presence, strong faith motivation for peacebuilding and
spiritual authority were some of the strengths of the faith-based organisations.
Accusations and risks of proselytising constituted the major weaknesses of faith-based
Activities of faith-based organisations were fundamental to rebuilding of good
communities‘ relationship and development of constructive relations among
conflicting groups in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Dialogue, education, advocacy, and
mediation should be sustained for peacebuilding.
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