Daniel Olisa Iweze lectures in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. He holds a BA and MA from Bayero University, Kano, and a PhD from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His main research interests are in social and economic History. He is the author of A History of Transport System across the River Niger between Asaba and Onitsha from 1954 to 1991. He has taught courses in history and international studies and supervised a number of dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has published a number of articles in reputable scholarly international and local journals and contributed chapters to edited book volumes. He has attended numerous local conferences, workshops, and seminars, as well as international conferences in Switzerland and the United States of America.
The proposed research focuses on Muslims-Christians Covenant in Kano, Nigeria: Lessons in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Boko Haram insurgency has received considerable number of works from scholars. Extant literature focused on the origin of Boko Haram`s its evolution, spread, mode of operations. Others dealt on its links with international terrorist organizations and the government`s counterinsurgency strategies, the role of traditional rulers and subjects in quelling the Boko Haram onslaughts. Inter-religious engagements between Muslim and Christians over time have been violent leading to series of inter-religious conflicts in Kano and the continuous quest for peace has remained elusive. The collaborative Muslim-Christian relations forged between Muslims and Christian as encapsulated in the Kano Covenant is unprecedented in Kano`s history. My interest in this research is to investigate the shift novel in the Muslim-Christian relations as against to what had prevailed over the past three decades. Our submission is that unlike previous conflicts, Boko Haram insurgency did not generate inter-religious conflict, but rather integrative as manifested in the forging of the Kano Covenant. Crisis transformation theory will be adopted as a framework of analyzing how the Boko Haram activities had led to the forging of Kano Covenant between Muslims and Christians in Kano.