Mrs Fatima Suleiman, Executive Director, Islamic Counselling Initiatives Nigeria (ICIN) Learning Centre, Jos, in her presentation, said raising awareness to settle disputes without resorting to violence was sacrosanct in curbing violent extremism.
Suleiman said that encouraging the celebration of diversity, peaceful co-existence and social transformation was another way to promote peace and check violent extremism.
She further said that terrorists and violent extremists were increasingly targeting women and women’s rights as an explicit tactic.
According to her, gender-mainstreaming approaches were needed in order to accurately identify root causes, potential recruits, targets, and victims of violent extremism.
Rev.Fr Blaise Agwom, Director, Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre, Jos, categorised the drivers of violent extremism into two – push and pull factors.
Agwom said that the push factors were conditions conducive to violent extremism and the structural context from which it emerged.
“They include; lack of socio-economic opportunities, marginalization and discrimination, poor governance, violations of human rights and the rule of law, prolonged and unresolved conflicts, and radicalisation in prisons.
“The push factor are individual motivations and processes which play a role in transforming ideas and grievances into violent extremist action.
“These include; individual backgrounds and motivations, collective grievances and victimization stemming from domination, oppression, subjugation or foreign intervention, distortion and misuse of beliefs,” he explained.
Mrs Amina Bello, CIPP Gender and Inclusion Lead, said that the train-the-trainer workshop was designed to equip parents and youth influencers with skills to aid prompt identification of early signs of radicalisation and build resilience of young women and men to resist violent ideologies.
Bello said that the training would help to address the risk factors for recruitment by violent extremist groups which would increase the use of positive parenting methods to build resilience to violent extremist ideologies.
The lead further said that the programme, funded by United State Agency for International Development (USAID), sought to promote peaceful coexistence and stability in Nigeria.
She called on participants to cascade the information and knowledge acquired in the training amongst their peers in the communities.(NAN)