The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), a non-governmental organisation, has urged Nigerians to understand, tolerate and accept one another’s differences to promote peace.
Rev. John Hayab, the Country Director of GPF Nigeria, gave the urge at the community engagement to commemorate the 2022 World International Peace Day entitled: “Fostering Peace, Tackling Racism” in Lapai Local Government area of Niger.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Global Peace Foundation is an international non-sectarian organisation that promotes an innovative value-based approach to peace building.
Hayab, represented by Mr Danjuma Rimpyen, Documentation Officer of the foundation, said that the day was marked to discuss how to promote and maintain peace among people irrespective of their colour, ethnicity and religion.
“Peace is essential and a centre of gravity for every existing, prosperous and progressing society.
“We must all think, ask and learn what we can do individually and collectively to make our families, communities, states, nation, and the world a peaceful place,’’ he said.
He added that it was more essential to promote peace and open-mindedness for acceptance across gender, race, territory, ethnicity and religion.
Hayab added that the event aimed at addressing hate speech and violence directed at racial minorities.
He pledged that the foundation would continue to preach peace through the umbrella of “one family under God” and called for collective efforts to promote a culture of peace to attain the socio-economic and political goal desired by all.
In her goodwill message, Hajiya Kaltum Rufai, Permanent Secretary of the Niger Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, called on people to live in peace and unity with one another for growth and development of the country.
In her presentation on Gender Equality, Hajiya Mairo Mann, Director, Gender and Domestic Violence Department of Niger Ministry of Justice, described peace as “cardinal to every existence of life”.
She added that peace does not mean absence of war, but absence of justice.
Mann identified discrimination and imbalance against women “as a factor responsible for lack of peace in the society”.
She added that for peace to prevail there must be equal representation and individuals must support the justice system for peace to strive.
“There is artificial demarcation against women in work places and family setup and education of the girl-child where women are relegated as if women are in their own world,’’ he said.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria