By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, Trees On Earth Development Foundation has urged Nigerians to stand up and work together for peace, respect, safety, and dignity for all.
This call was made by Moses Adedeji, Executive Director, Trees on Earth Development Foundation Kogi State Chapter .
This was contained in a statement issued to Mark this year’s International Peace Day, which holds every 21st September, to underscore the importance of peace in building safer societies.
“This year’s theme Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for All, is very timely and coming at a critical period in our national life premised by agitations for self-determination, call for referendum and direct threats to boycott elections in Biafran territory from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and government’s response through the military exercise (Operation Python Dance 2) which has further fueled tensions in the south-east and the country at large.
“This has brought about division along ethnic and religious lines with untold hate in the country. He described peace as priceless and veritable tool in conflict resolution, management and in preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism in Nigeria.
“The importance of peace cannot be overemphasized at this point in time hence the theme for this year’s International Peace Day. “He noted that the objective of the national policy framework on preventing and countering violent extremism produced by the Office of the National Policy Adviser is building safer, peaceful and resilient communities”.
CLEEN Foundation/TEDF intervention on building community resilience through participation in North- Central contributes to the realization of this national objective.
“Today therefore brings to our collective consciousness the importance of peace through our approach, mindset, attitude, actions and inactions, roles and responsibilities. To this end, TEDF in collaboration with CLEEN Foundation will also carry out advocacy meetings to Traditional/Community leaders, Religious Leaders, Youths/Women Leaders to advocate for peace, respect, safety and dignity of all in Nigerian.
“We appeal to Nigerians at large to eschew divisions, hate, ethnic and religious bigotry and embrace peace for the stability and development of our country”.