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Group Plans Tour Of Nigeria On Peace Mission

Posted: Mar 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER), a pro-rights group, has vowed to embark on a nationwide campaign to stem the ethnic, cultural and religious differences that fuel disputes in Nigeria.
The project which is being supported by the Ford Foundation West African Regional Office will hold in the six geo-political zones of the country with local groups as the drivers.
The campaign is aimed at preventing further violence and blood-letting as well as deepening democratic culture in a country through the media, socio-cultural groups and youth-driven organizations.
Adewale Adeoye, executive director of the group, said on Monday that the nationwide tour would involve constructive engagement with ethnic associations, community-based groups, the media and other stakeholders, who will undergo training and skill acquisition on peace-building and conflict management as well advocacy visits, campaigns and interactive and expert-on-conflict meetings.
JODER noted that the nationwide peace tour became necessary because it observed that “the seed of conflict is planted mostly during electioneering campaigns, but that the consequences of violence and ethnic conflict often come long after the elections have been held.”
“The threat of violence in Nigeria is real and mainly derived from the country’s historic precedence. Though democratic elections are held every four years, we have seen that the impulsion for conflict remains.
“Nigerians on their own can take measures to create a platform of understanding and mutual trust. It is a task that can be achieved through a comprehensive programme of non-violence training of the critical stakeholders across the country.
“We’ll be working with local people and indigenous organisations for the success of the programme,” JODER stated.
It further argued that the recent conflict at Mile 12 in Lagos, which led to loss of lives, could have been prevented by the people themselves if conflict resolution standards already existed.
The group expressed the view that ethnic faith-induced violence are sour points that continue to pull Nigeria back from the tower of greatness, adding that every year, thousands of lives, including women and children are lost in avoidable conflict traced to ethnicity and differences in values.
“This situation can be brought under control by an action-driven by the people. Most of the times these conflict arise from lack of communication, stereotyping and complete ignorance of mechanism for conflict resolution.
According to JODER, the programme will expose locals to International instruments like Article 33 of the United Nations, (UN) Charter which states that “parties of any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of peace and security, shall first of all seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or to other peaceful means of their own choice.”