Peace Corps commander calls for concerted efforts to tackle insecurity

The Nasarawa State Command of the Peace Corps of Nigeria has called for concerted efforts by government and stakeholders in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

Speaking to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, on Thursday, Chief Bala Joshua, Corps Commandant in the state, noted that the call was part of the commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace.

According to him, peace is needed for development to thrive in the country and for Nigerians to showcase their potentials in all that they do.

The commandant said that the UN International Day of Peace was aimed at putting peace in practice, through cooperation and the need for people to unite and work together as an entity.

He explained, “The International Peace Day was set aside by the UN for the entire global community to observe and celebrate the culture of peace and the practice of non-violence.”

He added that this day, which was first celebrated in 2002 as a day for the observance of the culture of peace in the world, is here again calling for Nigerians sober reflection.

The Corps Commandant in the state noted that the International Day of Peace when declared by world leaders was intended to provide the needed opportunity for the advocacy of peace, tolerance and unity within the international community.

Joshua further explained that the platform of the UN International Day of Peace has provided the needed opportunity for individuals, organisations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date as means for man to live a happy and fulfilled life.

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Joshua noted that the corps has been consistent in promoting peace in the society and enjoined Nigerians to embrace themselves towards the promotion of peaceful coexistence in the country.

He explained that the activities of the Peace Corps of Nigeria are generally geared towards the promotion of peace and social order, youth development and empowerment volunteerism, humanitarian services and environmental health.

He added that the Peace Corps offers a credible platform for its members to work with government at all levels, educational institutions, youth-based organisations, civil society and community-based organisations and international development partners, sharing similar objectives with the corps.

The commandant pleaded with Nigerians to do away with all forms of sentimental beliefs and embrace a culture of peaceful co-existence and tolerance, for the country’s overall development.

He said the act of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, conflict mediation and post-conflict transformation are the bedrock of a thriving democracy and sustainable development.

He added that all governments, individuals and the larger society are desirous of ensuring lasting peace around them.

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