THE Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, on Thursday called for the formation of peace structures to manage conflicts and promote peaceful coexistence in communities.
The Country Director of the Foundation, Rev. John Hayab, made this call when the group paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Haruna Jibrin, in Abuja.
Hayab said such structures would also help to solve problems before it escalated to bigger issues, saying this was necessary to nip conflicts in the bud.
According to him, part of the challenges facing the country could be linked to poor understanding, noting that the Foundation worked in communities that were not in conflict to prevent possible conflicts.
“All hands must be on the deck, as stakeholders, community leaders, we need to work together, evil will not disappear amongst us if we don’t unite. But when we unite, we will stop it.
“One of the challenges we have in this country is that we don’t work in communities that are not in conflicts.
“Then, when there is conflict, people are already tensed and confused. We need to build structures of peace across the communities so that they will not start running helter skelter,” Hayab said.
The Northern Coordinator of the Foundation, Malam Halliru Maraya, said the visit was to show solidarity and sought support in achieving social cohesion among people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Maraya said that people of diverse culture, religions and ethnicity must be sensitized to promote tolerance as the nation was faced with enormous security challenges.
In his remarks, the traditional ruler, Alhaji Haruna Jibrin, stated that it was the collective responsibility of all to promote peace in the country, saying no religion encouraged violence.
Jibrin prayed that criminals in the society would repent so that peace would reign in the nation, without people having fear of attack or being kidnapped.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Global Peace Foundation convenes and implements development projects on peace building, education, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership development.
– Dec. 17, 2020 @ 18:40 GMT |