As Nigerians joined the rest of the world to mark the 2021 international day of peace, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has called for the adoption of non-violent approach to resolution of conflicts.
IPCR, which annually celebrates the Peace Day in collaboration with diverse stakeholders is once again working with partners to advocate and sensitize parties in violent conflict across the country on the need to observe a ceasefire on the 21st of September.
September 21st of every year is set aside by the United Nations (UN) for countries all over the world to mark the International Day of Peace or World Peace Day.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday on the activities marking the world peace day, with the theme; “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World,” the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut Tswah Bakut, explained that the peace day is dedicated to promoting the culture of peace amongst people across the world, particularly those in conflict settings or threatened by violence.
He further explained that the United Nations also uses the opportunity to call for the observation of a ceasefire by combatants or parties in violent conflict and generally requests that people across the world, spread the ideals of peace, love, compassion, kindness and hope.
“The United Nations has prioritized assistance for recovery from COVID-19 in the celebration of Peace Day this year. However, Nigeria’s disquieting conflict dynamics and manifestations have necessitated the prioritization of conflict while also attending to recovering from COVID-19, due to the nexus between both incidences.
“In its quest to galvanize cooperation on conflict de-escalation and strengthen national cohesion on the promotion of peace in the country, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) which annually celebrates the Peace Day in collaboration with diverse stakeholders is once again working with partners to advocate and sensitize parties in violent conflict across the country on the need to observe a ceasefire on the 21st of September and adopt a non-violent approach to the resolution of conflict.
“Many of the stakeholders drawn from the security sector, civil society groups, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and development partners are leveraging on various on-going peacebuilding programmes in communities to achieve a ‘ceasefire’ or ‘Silent the Guns’. Some have initiated new programmes towards promoting peace orientation among children and youths.
“Five of the Institute’s Peacebuilding Zonal Offices across the country will be fully engaged with partners in their different locations. The entries of activities so far received are for those to be conducted in the following 14 states and the FCT; Plateau, Enugu, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, FCT, Delta, Bayelsa and Cross River.
“The Defence Headquarters, the Nigeria Army and the Air force are intensifying peacebuilding and sensitization activities around civil-military relations theme in Nigeria’s conflict theatres. All 2021 Peace events, which include Novelty Match by veterans, the Annual Peace Lecture and Open Air events which will feature art exhibitions, music, poems and peace messages, will be posted on the Institute’s Facebook page,” Dr. Bakut said.
He, however, urged Nigerians to work, make peace happen by doing the little they can to ensure that Nigeria returns fully to peace.