Leaders for Peace in Nigeria (LPN): Supporting Religious Leaders Against Extremist Violence is a project of The Kukah Centre in collaboration with Caritas Germany. The aim is to build peace through the intervention of selected Religious Leaders and Community member in selected states in northern Nigeria who are in most cases the gate-keepers in their communities.
The project builds on the premise that religious leaders have high influence on social cohesion within communities, and as such, need to be equipped with critical thinking and other relevant skills needed to counter harmful narratives that instigate and drive communal conflict. There is inter and intra-religious training sessions for religious leaders to equip them with knowledge and skills that will increase their capacity to address religion-based extremist tendencies and offer counter-narratives. It also consists of continuous interactive engagements between implementing partners, religious leaders and community members.
The project goal is building sustainable peace in selected communities in Nigeria through the intervention of inter-faith religious leaders.
- Identify root causes and drivers of conflict in selected communities
- Identifying key influencers and stakeholders in conflict management in selected communities
- Mobilising stakeholders to tackling identified conflict issues in selected communities
- Dissemination of Joint Action Plan to policy makers
- Nassarawa and Benue (North-Central)
- Adamawa and Borno (North-East)
- Kaduna and Zamfara (North-West)
- Enugu and Ebonyi (South-East)
- Delta and Rivers (South-South)
- Ekiti and Osun (South-West)