- The federal government has been advised on what to do to win the war against insurgency
- An NGO has advised the government to embrace peace education as a strategy to end the crisis
- The organisation has already commenced plans to educate one million families on peace-building in the northeast
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for Domestic Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, has called on the federal, state and local government not to use force alone in the fight against insecurity and insurgency currently ravaging the country.
The NGO advised that the government should embrace peace education as a way to ensure successful integration and sustain peace in the troubled northeast region.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on Friday, January 31, the executive director of the organisation, Francis Emmanuel Adabenege, stressed that after demobilization and disarmament strategy, there is an urgent need for domestic peace education program starting from the smallest institution which is the family.
On this note, he revealed that his organisation plans to educate about 1,000,000 families in the northeast region on building peace.
“The program will impact the northeast and change the mindset of the people, change the narratives about the conflict, change the approaches to conflict handling by not relying only on force and help to heal post-conflict trauma and psychological disorder,” he said.
The centre also used the opportunity to call for collaboration with government agencies, the private sector and other civil society organisations and well as NGOs.
Checks revealed that the centre was established in 2016 as a community-based non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and a humanitarian organization committed to the prevention of violent conflicts.
Recall that the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, January 27 bemoaned the deteriorating security situation in the country, even as he called for the complete overhaul of the nation’s security apparatus.
Lawan who made the comment during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, expressed concern over the current security situation in the country.
He said: “Presently, the story is not good. In many areas, we have so much happening that is destabilizing our communities and killing of people.
“Apparently, the system has not been working efficiently and effectively and we have to do something. This time around, there should not be buck-passing, we have to be forthright. We have to say it as it is and we have to do it as it is required.”
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