Peace and Conflict in Nigeria Today: A Panel Discussion


Panel Discussion: Peace and Conflict in Nigeria Today

Peace and Conflict in Nigeria Today: A Panel Discussion

October 29, 2020

Young emerging leaders in media, journalism, public health and interfaith engagement discussed sectarian conflict and peacebuilding efforts, public health, women and children’s rights, and the current end SARS crisis in Nigeria.


Miriam Bathna
Hawwah Jidarre Gambo
Fatima Bello
Samson Auta

Sponsored by: Drew Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict
Drew African Student Association
Drew Theological School Religion and Global Health Forum
Drew Department of International Relations/Political Science

Meet the panelists:
Miriam Bathna
is currently the Program Evaluation Coordinator at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), a non-governmental organization where she evaluates various HIV programs funded by the Centre for Disease Control.  Miriam is a community engagement/advocacy expert who is passionate about children and adolescents especially those affected by conflict. She volunteers with local NGOs throughout Nigeria and is involved in peace building projects to provide access to basic nutritional needs and education in small communities affected by conflict.

Hawwah A. Gambo works across media organizations in Nigeria, where she manages media and event consultancy, as well as community mentoring projects.  Hawwah’s passion lies in journalism advocating for women and children’s rights across the African continent, especially in Nigeria.  She runs, an online advocacy publication on women and child rights.   Spanning nearly two decades, Hawwah has written for numerous print publications in Nigeria, including her own blog (see her online portfolio at:  Hawwah is currently in the UK as a Chevening Scholar, where she has trained in Multimedia Journalism and Social Entrepreneurship.

Fatima Bello Mahmoud is an enthusiastic and innovative telecommunications professional and journalist, working with companies such as EMTS 9mobile Telecommunications. Fatima has an enduring passion for connecting people, especially when it comes to developmental work, mentoring and training. Fatima has worked as an Information officer with Kano state Radio Corporation (Radio Kano), were she hosted a developmental youth program on peaceful coexistence, conflict resolution and leadership. She later joined ENHANSE/INTERNEWS NIGERIA –USAID as a Media Specialist.  She volunteers with multiple NGOs and not-for-profits serving her community.

 Samson Auta is the coordinator of the Centre Early Warning and Early Response System, aka, the Community Peace Action Network (CPAN), where for the past eight years he has worked as a facilitator for young crop and livestock farmers in northern Nigeria.  He also serves as State coordinator of the National Working Group on Armed Violence.  Samson recently served as the co-youth advisor for the USAID funded project “Training of Leaders on Religious and National Coexistence (TOLERANCE).”  He has a long-term affiliation with the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Kaduna, where he works with youth and other members of the community in fostering peaceful coexistence.