Written by Sarah NEGEDU
IDP: foundation identifies peace as panacea for development
As Nigeria and Nigerians join the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day for Peace, an Abuja based non-governmental organisation, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has identified peace as panacea for economic growth and development.
Addressing a world the media, as part of activities to mark this year's International Day for Peace, the group observed that pockets of ethic crisis in some parts of the country was as a result of lost values, and lack of respect for human lives and dignity.
President of the foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, told journalists in Abuja that there was the need for Nigerians to retrace their lost values, warning of the danger of western influence especially among youths.
Ahmadu also stated that the 2020 International Day for Peace was remarkable especially for health workers and other frontline workers who have demonstrated commitment in the battle to defeat COVID-19 pandemic, noting that global solidarity and peaceful coexistence was imperative.
Speaking on this year's theme: "Shaping Peace Together", Ahmadu, said peaceful coexistence was not just moral but everybody's business, while tasking government to do more to listen to people demanding change and seized the moment to build a more equal and inclusive society with respect for human rights.
"This year, it has been clearer than ever before that we are not each other's enemies, rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus (COVID-19) that threatens our health, security and way of life. The COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact on others elsewhere," Ahmadu stated.
She, therefore, called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and focus on the battle against this unprecedented global pandemic, noting that cooperation is also needed to win this new fight against the worst public health crisis of our lives.
It could be recalled that the International Day for Peace was devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
It was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.