BY ISRAEL BULUS, KAFANCHAN

On the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, a day set side by the United Nations to devote to strengthening the ideals of peace, the Kaduna State Peace Commission has urged individual and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious co-existence.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, in a press statement, said this is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace. Today, she said, should serve to remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities. This year’s theme, according to Ankut, who is also the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, was chosen by the UN to spread compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. “Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.”

Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM), she further explained, joins millions of peace-loving people across the world in commemorating the International Peace Day. The commemorations are taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to the unfortunate and avoidable loss of precious lives in Kaduna State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The statement reads” despite existing security challenges in flash point LGAs of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jema’a and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna State, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace building. It is indeed gratifying to note that with the support of Kaduna State Government, Security Agencies and the commitment of international and domestic NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, we are, together shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.”

The Commission recognises the resilience of peace actors, especially in local communities, who have been a source of encouragement, and the Commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious co-existence would be achieved sooner than later.

She concluded by saying that “together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state.”

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