As the world celebrates International Peace Day 2021
, stakeholders in the peacebuilding environment have called for workable strategies that would help resolve violent conflict in the country.
International Day of Peace is observed across the world on September 21 every year.
The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to making the ideals of peace robust.
Speaking at an outdoor event organized by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution in collaboration with its partners to commemorate World Peace Day 2021, the Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation
, Ms. Ruth Olofin tasked the government to design workable and realistic strategies that will help resolve the myriad conflicts confronting the country and return it on the path of peace.
She noted that local and homegrown tact and strategy are essential to resolving the crisis in Nigeria.
While welcoming partners and stakeholders to the ceremony, the Director-General IPCR, Dr. Bakut Tswah Bakut said that the theme of this year’s celebration is, “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”
He said: “So our duty as a peace institute is to continue to research on the various dynamics, and the causes and the triggers of conflict while developing consistent and dynamic policies as well as enable the government to deal with strategies that will bring about conflict mitigations. So what we have done is to directly intervene in all the political wards in the country. We are engaged in sensitization, advocacy, conflict resolution, mediation, as well as the capacity building across the seven hundred and seventy-four (774) local government areas in the country.
“Part of our function in IPCR is to mediate and manage various conflicts in Nigeria and Africa at large. Between the time that we were established and now, it appears that we have more conflict now than then, but that is because conflict is dynamic, when you deal with one aspect of the conflict, it metamorphoses into another form”.
He added that, “At the moment we have ten zonal offices and five of those zonal offices are actually engaged in advocacy, sensitization as well as celebration of this international day of peace. One of the things we have done this year is to ensure that communities are encouraged to silence the gun and that is why we say take responsibility. It is not just the government that would take responsibility, you as an individual have to take responsibility in making sure that the guns are silenced”.
The DG also explained that the international day of peace is the United Nations UN day declared all over the world, that this particular day is a day of the ceasefire, where ever there is conflict, where ever there is war.
He further said that on this particular day, all the guns of war and conflict must be silenced.
On the significance of the day, he said that it is a day people are encouraged to silence the gun.
On his part, the Chiefs of Civil-Military Affairs (Army) Major General MG Kangye said that the presence of troops of the Nigerian Army in troubled spots in the country gives confidence to locals to go about their legitimate business without fear.
Represented by the Acting Director of Information Management, Department of Civil-Military Affairs, Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya said that the Nigerian Army under the incumbent administration has employed a non-kinetic approach to restoring peace in crisis areas in the country.
He concluded that the High Command of the Nigerian Army is prioritizing the welfare of troops.