This is even as it called for tolerance and peaceful co-existence amongst citizens.
The Institute in a statement signed by the Acting Head Media Unit, Ms Esther Ndukwe on Sunday said that the level of tension all over the country arising from conflicts of various sorts has become a thing of concern to well-meaning Nigerians.
“We have painstakingly monitored and tracked resource based-conflicts which includes the Farmers and Herders conflict that has assumed a gargantuan height and almost snowballing into an ethnic dimension.
“This, alongside kidnapping, banditry, and communal clashes which have constituted a horrific security challenge and unimaginable hardship on the Nigeria populace,” the statement reads.
The Director-General, IPCR,
Dr Bakut T Bakut said the heightened situation has created mutual suspicion amongst Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups that hitherto co-existed peacefully and tolerated one another.
He noted that these conflicts have led to the loss of numerous lives and properties worth billions of Naira, huge financial implications in the name of ransom, and untold psychological pains and trauma.
“Unfortunately, these horrendous situations are happening when our nation like other countries in the world, is battling with the stress and drainages of Covid-19 and its concomitant economic challenges.
“While the Institute appreciates the efforts being made by the Federal and State Governments
especially the selfless commitments of the Security Agencies as well as the Civil Society Organizations and individuals in stemming the tide and ensuring the safety of our citizens, the frown at, and condemns in the strongest terms, the dastardly acts of criminals, bandits and terrorist against our countrymen and women,” the DG said.
He added that no conflict is settled outside the dialogue table, and violence in any form is negative and detrimental to sustainable development.
The criminal elements he said should sheath their swords and seek dialogue where their grievances would be heard.
The statement also appealed to the media to be conflict-sensitive in their reportage for this is the sure way to entrench peace, love, unity and tolerance which are the ideals that would keep Nigeria together and douse the climate of tension that has already beclouded the entire country.
The statement concluded that the institute will remain focus on deploying its capacity to facilitate dialogues, mediations and reconciliation in order to sustain bridges of peace and harmony in our dear country.