Ahead of this year peace day celebration, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has put modalities in place to address the conflicts bedeveling the nation.
To this end, it has begun consultations with state and non-State actors on modalities for conducting impactful activities for the mitigation of COVID-19 Pandemic and violent conflict in the country.
In a statement signed by the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut T. Bakut, explained the preparation of the Institute for the forthcoming International Peace Day celebration, scheduled for September 21, 2021.
Bakut said as an Institute vested with the mandate of promoting peace, the peace day is an annual event, which is done in collaboration with other critical stakeholders.
“Of particular importance this year, is the localisation of the global call and practice of observing ceasefire and non-violence on the 21st of September every year by combants or parties in conflict. This also aligns with the African union (AU) programme of ‘Silencing the Guns.”
He called on all loving citizens, the civil society, traditional and religious leaders, statesmen, women, youths and media peace networks, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), security Agencies, Development partners to leverage their mandates and areas of operational presence and influence to take action towards realizing a ceasefire or non- violence, especially on the Day of peace.
“By this call, we are asking every Nigerian to take responsibility of their neighbourhoods, communities or groups to make peace happen through peace building activities such as peace sensitization, peace advocacies, peace talks, arts, sports, dialogue and mediation, either online or offline.
“It should be noted that in social relations, conflict is inevitable and may be necessary for peace to occur. However, peace becomes negative, destructive and costly to all when they become violent,” he said.
Bakut encourages citizens to use the upcoming peace Day celebration to spread compassion, kindness, tolerance, hope, love and peace for sustainable recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and violent conflict.
The theme for this year’s celebration is titled, “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”