By Ochiaka Ugwu
Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Sen. Muhammed Abba Aji has resigned his appointment.
In a press statement released by the Institute and signed by its Resident Information Officer (RIO) Mr. Abu I. Michael, it noted that Sen. Aji resigned based on the fact that he is a candidate for Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to statement, “In his valedictory remarks at the Conference Room of the IPCR’s Director General, Senator Aji said his resignation was in accordance with the electoral law hence he was at the present a senatorial candidate for the forthcoming 2019 elections.
“His resignation according to him was with mixed feelings because IPCR was the most important place to concentrate all resources in view of the diverse conflicts confronting Nigeria”.
Senator Aji expressed regrets that the institute was poorly financed hindering it from carrying out mediation and other various interventions to recover durable peace and national cohesion. He said the institute suffered financial lack much more that it cannot pay the allowances of members of the governing council that have been so committed to provide the leadership needed for IPCR.
While expressing gladness in the efforts to transforming the institute into National Peace Commission (NPC) he appealed to the Federal Government to properly mobilize the institute to carrying out peacebuilding activities to make Nigeria the most peaceful country in the world.
He charged the directors and other staff of the institute to remain subservient to the Acting Director General who now oversees the affairs of IPCR for progressive in a bid to fulfilling the mandate by which the institute was established.
In their speeches, the Acting Director General of the institute, Dr. Bakut tswah Bakut and members of the management commended Senator Aji for his good leadership quality wishing well in his future engagements.