NSCDC hosts dialogue on peace in North-East
In view of the current security challenges and insurgency in the country, most especially in the North-East zone, the Nigeria Security and Civil Service Corps, NSCDC, has fashioned out a soft approach of addressing the issue of ‘Peaceful Resolution’.
To this end, the Corps has organized a two-day stakeholders dialogue of peace and development in North-East, at the Banquet Hall of the Gombe State Government House.
The summit brought together personalities from all spheres of life to look into the critical issues affecting the country, the causes and way forward in tackling the scourge of insurgency.
According to the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin, “it is better, though harder, to make peace than create a crisis, therefore the essence of the programme is to encourage dialogue instead of advocating for violence”.
He added that “considering the situation at hand, the Corps partnered with UNRC/UNDP to organise this programme to set a new agenda through which peace could be attained, progress could be advanced and people could meet to dialogue, notwithstanding the historical and ethno-regional differences in a complex society such as Nigeria.
“For sustainable development, rapid progress, tranquility and good governance to take place, there must be peace initiative, peace building, peace moulding and dialogue for peaceful coexistence”.
He further stressed that crises had assumed different dimensions and the magnitude of global crises and uprisings had brought about methodologies of advocacy, strategy of conflict resolution, and infiltration of new ideologies characterized by aggressiveness, extremism and fanatism.
Abolurin reiterated that by the end of the workshop, participants should be able to relate freely with one another unconditionally, imbibing the principle of ‘live and let live’ as ambassadors to new methodologies of attaining global peace.
Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, applauded the painstaking effort of the Corps for organising the programme with a view to restoring peace in the nation.
He stated that there could not have been anytime better than this considering the fact that Nigeria was campaigning for peace and working towards having credible elections come 2015.
Moro appreciated Abolurin and the Corps and all the stakeholders, stating that what Nigeria needed was peace through initiative and dialogue among the stakeholders.
“Nigeria is our home and we do not have any other country to call ours; therefore, there is no need for the bloodshed and destabilising of the nation through acts of terrorism and insurgency”, he added.
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