By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
As Nigerians join the rest of the world to celebrate the 2018 International Day of Peace, the Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Ogun State command, Patriot (Dr.) Olalekan Yusuff on Friday advocated for continuous peace and harmonious relationships among citizens, irrespective of their religious or political differences and ethnic background.
The commandant who made this known thorough his International Peace Day message to his officers and residents of the state noted that the country has potential to be great if citizens embrace peace and live in peace.
While speaking on the theme of the 2018 edition of the day, “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”; the Commandant added that sustainable global peace can be achieved if people allow peace to radiates in all they do and see Peace as their rights.
He noted that no nation can achieve its developmental goals without peace and unity.
“Our world is unique as human beings and our strength lies in our unity and exhibition of our fundamental human rights. We must be allowed to have and live within our own rights.
‘’We must at all times preach peace and maintain peace in our environment because we are all advocates of rights to Peace.
‘’Violence and war bring nothing than destruction, backwardness and agony hence, people must do everything in their capacity to prevent violent conflict,” he said.
The Commandant however commended the leadership of the Corps, led by (Dr) Dickson Akoh, for working endlessly in the service of the nation and reorientation of youth to the path of greatness and national integration.
In the same vein, the Aviary Club of Nigeria called for justice, fairness and equality towards ensuring 2019 general election will be conducted peacefully.
The State President of the club, Sowunmi Gbenga who made the appeal while speaking with journalists shortly after he led members of the club and corps members in a rally in Abeokuta, warned politicians against desperation in the pursuit of their ambitions in next year’s elections.
He also called on the Federal Government to redouble its to put an end to insurgency in the Northeast to give room for conduct of elections in the troubled areas.
Gbenga said “We know there are chaos in some part of this country. They are not experiencing peace especially in the Northeast. Our rally is part of efforts in preaching peace. We need peace in Nigeria.
“We urge the government to conduct this election peacefully. Election should not be a do or die affairs. Aspirants should allow the will of people to prevail,” he urged.
The Junior Chamber International (JCI), Abeokuta also urged politicians to play by rules of the game towards achieving peaceful and credible polls.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the 2018 Local Organisation President, Sanni Babatunde and the Peace Committee Chairman, Adegboye Ishaq.
“As we count down to 2019 general elections, we admonish the major stakeholders in the electioneering process to play by the rules of the game as this is one of the major pathways peace can be achieved before, during and after elections,” the statement said.