In its effort to restore peace in the northeast region of Nigeria countless attacks from Boko Haram terrorist group, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) introduced the Sulhu Alheri Ne radio programme.
Sulhu Alheri Ne radio programme is a CDD’s weekly sponsored initiative aired on Peace FM Maiduguri, Borno State.
The radio programme is aimed and disseminating peace and reconciliation messages at the grassroots in local Hausa and Kanuri Languages.
This is against the backdrop that decade of Boko Haram orchestrated violence and wide range of atrocities and human right violations by conflict actors has socially divided community and shattered social cohesion at the community level.
To mitigate the impact of the conflict on communities, promote reconciliation and reintegration in the affected communities, CDD considered the program as one of its transitional justice components.
This bi-lingual radio-based approach draws Religious Leaders “Ulamaas” mostly local Imams of Friday prayers and preachers who benefitted from the Centres’ capacity building training on Sulhu Alheri Ne as host to reflect on the dynamics of the conflict and the local approach to reconciliation and peacebuilding.
One of the key lessons learned from this weekly program is that many listeners in the weekly program lauded CDD for the initiative and affirmed that it has enlightened many people at the grassroots on Islamic teachings on transitional justice and moral etiquette on peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and reintegration.