Commandant-general of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Abubakar Ahmed Audi, has called on Nigerians in all spheres to embrace, uphold and promote peace and thus, foster growth and national development.
The civil defence boss said for any meaningful development to occur either at the national or regional level, the different ethnic constituents must embrace peaceful co-existence. He added that the quantum of development, which the nation would experience in a harmonious and peaceful environment, cannot be underestimated, hence, the need for all hands to be on deck to promote peace.
Audi, in a statement by the corps’ spokesman and director, public relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu gave the charge in his commemorative message on this year’s International Day of Peace, themed: “End Racism, Build Peace,” by the United Nations (UN), where member states were enjoined to mark the day with the aim of strengthening the ideals of peace globally.
The NSCDC boss buttressed that Nigeria can only progress politically, socially and economically if all it citizens and leaders exhibit tendencies that will promote peace, unity, equity and justice in all facets of human endeavor
He said, “Nigeria is heterogeneous and the most populated country in Africa, therefore, citizens must endeavour to live in peace and avoid acts capable of dividing the country or causing disaffection among various ethnic, religious or political groups.’
The CG who said, embracing negative vices like tribal or ethnic discrimination, religious and political intolerance is inimical and detrimental to the stability and growth of the nation, warned against indulgence in criminal acts such as willful destruction of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, ethnic agitations, religious bigotry, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism that promotes insecurity in the country.
He reiterated the Corps determination and commitment to ensuring peace and security of the nation through the implementation of its statutory mandate. He stressed that conflicts should be avoided at all cost to avert its effects which include; deaths, injuries, population displacement, destruction of assets and disruption of social and economic systems.
He advised on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve various disputes emanating from our day-to-day activities and interactions.
Audi called on parents, guardians, traditional, religious and political leaders, educational institutions, leaders of various associations CSO’s, pressure groups and trade unions to consider engagements in peace advocacies to entrench stability for development to thrive.
He directed all state commands through the Peace and Conflicts Resolution unit, to mark the global event significantly by organising programmes to sensitise members of the public on the importance of peace as a panacea for development.