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In commemoration of the year 2022 United Nation International Day of Peace (UNIDP) the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), entered a strategic partnership with the Rotary Club International, Servelead Humanitarian Initiative and host of other Peace Focused Organizations to hold a Peace Walk / Candle Light Procession in Abuja.
The Walk and Procession which held on Wednesday, September 21, took off from the Old Parade Ground and ended at the Peace Park, all in Area 10, Garki Abuja, witnessing massive turn out of Patriots and Officers of the Corps, alongside notable Youth Leaders and Civil Society Actors.
Addressing the gathering, the Peace Corps National Commandant Prof. Dickson A. O. Akoh expressed appreciation to the participants, especially the Youths for their massive response to the event, while commending Federal Government and the patriotic and gallant efforts of men and women of the nation’s Security Agencies for sustained resilience in keeping peace
He revealed that the Theme for this year’s International Peace Day Celebration was “End Racism. Build Peace”, and went on to explain that based on the peculiarity of Nigeria, especially now that the 2023 General Elections was around the corner, PCN decided to domesticate the Theme for the Commemoration of this year’s UNIDP locally as “End Tribal and Religious Bigotry. Build Peace”. “Through this, it is our firm belief that we need to do more of Uniting Nigerian People in our Cooperate efforts towards ensuring a peaceful society regardless or tribal or religious affinity” he stated.
Prof. Akoh further emphasized that peace cannot be attained in the midst of avoidable crisis, as being witnessed in Nigeria.
“These needless crisis should attract the concern of well-meaning individuals in the polity, including the Government. No doubt, if the Government takes the right decision, it is possible for people to live in peace and harmony” he added.
He was further quoted as saying “It is therefore absolutely important for every well-meaning Organization, Cooperate body and right-thinking Citizen of any Nation to embrace peace, so that the world will be a better place to live in.
In an exclusive interview with a cross section of the Press, Prof Akoh reiterated the need for peaceful coexistence in order to curb the high rate of insecurity ravaging the nation and for a smooth electioneering process come 2023.
Youthouse reporters also noted that several dignitaries and Representatives from the partnering NGOs were present during the event and lauded by Prof Akoh for the role of Peace Corps of Nigeria in promoting and ensuring Peace across Nigeria.