TOLERANCE Project

Since 2012, the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) has been engaged in implementing a five year project tagged ‘Training of Leaders on Religious & National Coexistence’ (TOLERANCE).  The project aims to increase political stability and ensure development in the North East, North West and North Central Nigeria by:-

  • Building Peaceful Coexistence among different faiths
  • Mitigating extremism through strategic interventions and
  • Increasing legitimacy and capacity of governance structures to defend religious freedom. 
Imam Ashafa and Pastor James with the Chair Person of Riyom LG, the Vice Chairman of Kaura LG, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Plateau State, the Attah Aten of Ganawuri, the Deputy Surveyor General, Kaduna State in a group photograph with some members of the boundary adjustment committee from Kaduna and Plateau States during an advocacy visit in preparation for the pastoralists/farmers intervention in May, 2014

Imam Ashafa and Pastor James with the Chair Person of Riyom LG, the Vice Chairman of Kaura LG, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Plateau State, the Attah Aten of Ganawuri, the Deputy Surveyor General, Kaduna State in a group photograph with some members of the boundary adjustment committee from Kaduna and Plateau States during an advocacy visit in preparation for the pastoralists/farmers intervention in May, 2014

Through targeted peace interventions, training in dialogue practices and network building, we aim to reduce ethno-religious conflict and improve religious tolerance in Nigeria.

The project is focusing on six states - Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states with carefully selected peace models and flashpoint communities.  To achieve this, IMC and its partners are guided by several overarching specific objectives, which are to:-

  • Strenghthen Early Warning/Early Response 
  • Build trust and relationships
  • Enhance peaceful coexistence among different faiths 

Through guided interventions of trust building workshops that engage new actors in the methods of successful mediation amongst grass-root networks and advocacy visits and lobbying of traditional leaders and government actors, we are able to enhance trust and relationship building amongst and between our target communities in Nigeria.

IMC collaborates with Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT)

The IMC is pleased to be the Nigerian supporting partner for The Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT), an international network of mayors, councilors, municipal officials, business people, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector. The Forum works on the principle that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation.  For more information regarding this initiative, please visit the Forum for Cities in Transition.

 Kaduna FCT Participants Shehu Musa Yaradua Indoor Hall, Murtala Mohammed Square

 Kaduna FCT Participants Shehu Musa Yaradua Indoor Hall, Murtala Mohammed Square

The fourth annual gathering of the Forum for Cities in Transition was held in Kaduna, Nigeria, on the 4-8th of November 2013, hosted by the Kaduna State Government, under the stewardship of His Excellency Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, who welcomed delegates in the opening ceremony in the Murtala Muhammed Square. The Governor also attended several conference sessions and participated in workshop discussions.

Kaduna Forum Members Pastor James and Imam Ashafa                                     His Excellency Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and FCT Director                                                                                                                                                Professor Padraig O’Malley

Kaduna Forum Members Pastor James and Imam Ashafa                                     His Excellency Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and FCT Director                                                                                                                                                Professor Padraig O’Malley

Thirteen FCT member cities participated: Baghdad, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kirkuk, Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Ramallah, Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Tripoli. Delegates included mayors, councilors, municipal officers, and representatives of the business, voluntary and community sectors. This was the first ever gathering with an international presence of this size and scope in Kaduna’s history. 

Quintin Oliver chairs panel discussion                                                                      Baghdad delegates: Nawal al-Araji and Taghreed al-Shammar

Quintin Oliver chairs panel discussion                                                                      Baghdad delegates: Nawal al-Araji and Taghreed al-Shammar

Seven Nigerian cities that experience the highest level of Muslim-Christian violence also participated: Maiduguri, Jos, Bauchi, Kano, Ibadan and Warri. One of the most significant outcomes of the annual gathering was their pledge to launch a first ever peace hub in Kaduna, which will serve to mediate tensions and build peace among the diverse communities of these northern Nigerian cities.

FCT 2013 Kaduna was not a conference per se but a continuation of annual gatherings hosted in Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica (2010), Derry-Londonderry (2011), and Kirkuk (2012). The linkages among FCT cities as they move from one gathering to the next, along with an on-going review of the implementation of its outcomes, are the cornerstones of a functioning Forum.