By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Federal Government has been advised to assent to the Peace Corps bill in a bid to enhance peaceful co-existence in the country.
This advice was given by the President Aviary Club of Nigeria (Gateway Chapter), Mr. Gbenga Showunmi, while celebrating the 2017 International Peace Day at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe-Iroyin House, Abeokuta,.
Showunmi explained that the theme of the 2017 International Day is “Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,” saying that the theme is aimed to honour the spirit of togetherness.
“It is only when we give peace priority that the nation and our world can witness a sustainable development.”
He added that the adoption of peaceful techniques would help the country resolve disputes and stop impending crimes.
The Commandant who was represented by the Deputy Commandant Admin, Patriot Olalekan Yusuf, said “we must learn that the most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
“Our world is troubled, our environment is polluted, many have been displaced, they are now living under sheds in camps, they lack privacy. Many have become refugees in the neighbouring countries, many are still being held hostage; women and children were not spared, underage girls were being kidnapped, raped and impregnated by insurgents.
“Many of the poor girls die during labour due to lack of medical attention and those that survived it still live with the pains and agony of delivering a child that has no legitimate father.”
The representative of Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Mr. Wale Ekundayo, said 2017 International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.
The message will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people’s concerns that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economical insecurity to their lives.
Also, the day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the share benefits of migration to the economy and nations.