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Published On: Tue, Feb 25th, 2020

Insecurity: Politicians not setting good example, says Rotary Governor

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By Usman Shuaibu

The Governor, Rotary International, District 9125, Dr. Victor Onukwugha on Monday accused politicians of not setting good examples, thereby making the insecurity situation difficult to curb.
Onukwugha spoke in Abuja at a positive peace workshop for senior secondary schools organized by Rotary Club of Abuja Metro, Rotary Club of Abuja, Maitama and Rotary Club of Abuja, Asokoro Diamond in collaboration with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution.
He pleaded with government to act fast in order to restore peace across the country.
Onukwugha said: “And it appears that in recent times we have been promoting at government level hate actions. We should begin to admonish our government to do the right things in order to bring back the unity we deserve in this country. Together we can move mountains.
“As students do not mind what is happening with the political class. They are not setting good examples. The world has become a global village and everybody is preaching peace. As students, wherever your school is you are going to compete with other students across the world. So let us all see ourselves as one”.
Nigeria, he said cannot have meaningful development and connect with the world when there is rancor.
His words: “We must always ensure that peace reign. We must not allow war in Nigeria. Peace is peace and war is war. War is something that should not happen in this country. Everybody should embrace peace. Nigeria has reached a stage where we must call a spade a spade. It must be either we keep to peace or we forget it. There is nothing like war.”
“I will enjoin you to please make the best use of whatever you are thought here today so that we can promote peace in our communities, schools, villages and families. We cannot connect to the world when there is rancor.”
The Director General, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Bakut Bakut said everyone must work together to ensure peace in the country.
Bakut said the workshop is timely and that violence such as extremism is causing havoc in the country.
He said peace is the major condition needed for development and nation building.
The IPCR boss who was represented by Director, Internal Conflict resolution, Hepzibah Achanya said: “IPCR welcomes any positive development to promote peace. One of the mandate of the institute is peace education. ICPR is also committed in providing Africa with policy options based on result oriented research while building capacity inter-culture to enable Africa emerge as a secured peaceful and democratic continent where the principle of the Rule of Law and human dignity is protected and respected.
“The institute welcomes the rotary international and this is not the first time that we are collaborating. You are in the right place because all hands must be on deck to promote peace. Youths are the leaders of tomorrow and so catching them young especially in the area of peace is going to go a long way in strengthening peace in the country. This is timely because violence such as extremism is causing havoc. Peace is the major condition needed for development and nation building.”
The keynote speaker, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Omonokhua noted that the solution to conflict is education.
Omonokhua said when the youths from different religion collaborate in peace projects, all will be convinced that there is nothing wrong with religion.

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