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|Lantana Abdullahi, SFCG Northern Nigeria Project Manager, Testifies Before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs|
Lantana Abdullahi spoke by video on Thursday from Jos, Nigeria before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the crisis in northern Nigeria. She spoke about the conditions and circumstances that have led to the current situation, identified key opportunities, and made the following recommendations:
Lantana Abdullahi is a Nigerian peacebuilder, trainer, mediator, and women’s activist. Lantana has worked with Search for Common Ground as a Project Manager in northern Nigeria since 2010. Lantana's portfolio at Search includes interfaith violence prevention and community reconciliation programs in Plateau State, as well as working to bring civil society groups together with government and security forces to document and prevent human rights abuses in the north-central and northeast regions. Search has worked extensively with Christian and Muslim teenage girls to raise their voices as peacebuilders within their communities, increase understanding between different groups, and inspire the next generation of Nigerian leadership. In response to the Chibok abductions, Lantana’s team has been working with Muslim and Christian teenage girls to speak out and take action in favor of peace through a series of popular radio programs.
Search for Common Ground has been in Nigeria for over 10 years working with media, community leaders, civil society, youth, and women to prevent violence in the Niger Delta, the Middle Belt, and the northeast of the country. We also work with Nigerian refugees and host communities in Niger. Search works extensively with Nigerian youth to help reduce the risk of violence. To read more about our work in northern Nigeria click here.