Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), the apex students’ body, on Monday organised a candlelight vigil cum prayer session in solidarity with the Naga negotiators for an “inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution to the protracted Indo-Naga peace process and for lasting peace and tranquility in our Naga homeland”.
Held outside the NSF office in Kohima, the programme began with a short briefing by NSF president Ninoto Awomi. “considering the crucial Naga political journey, prayer is the need of the hour, divine intervention is the need of an hour,” he said.
Associate pastor, youth (RBCK), Zakevi Kesen, led the congregation in prayer following which Khrizotuolie Chase presented a song. As the congregation lit the candles, they sang in unison: “We shall overcome.”
Later, addressing reporters, Awomi said: “During the officials’ emergency meeting yesterday, we decided to organise this candlelight vigil and prayer programme. Now at this juncture, considering the crucial Naga political journey, the most important talks are talking place… the outcome of the meeting is going to impact the entire Nagas. So, at this crucial time, we are organising the candlelight vigil cum prayer programme to extend our solidarity to our Naga negotiators for inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution… so that peace and tranquility prevail in our Naga homeland.”
Awomi said that along with the entire Naga populace, it is also “anticipating a positive outcome from the ongoing peace talks”.
“Even in the past, there have been many solutions, but those solutions have not been able to bring lasting peace to the Nagas. The reason is because the government of India failed to address the core issue and then honourable and acceptable solution would mean unique solution, flag — that is our identity and that is a unique solution and also an honourable solution would mean a solution much more than the past solution,” Awomi added.
Awomi further said that the NSCN-IM and the government of India should come to a “mutual understanding” and “reason with each other”.