By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has organised a two-day stakeholder’s dialogue on peace and development in North-East, to broker a peaceful resolution to the current security challenges and insurgency in the country, most especially the North-East zone.
The two-day dialogue, which is taking place at the Banquet Hall of the Gombe State Government House, is aimed at fashioning out a soft approach of addressing the issue of peaceful resolution of conflicts in the country.
A statement issued by the Public Relations officer of the NSCDC, CSC Okeh Emmanuel, said the Summit brought together personalities from all spheres of life to look into the ‘critical issues of insecurity affecting the country, the causes and way forward in tackling the scourge of insurgency”.
The statement said the Commandant General of the Corps, Ade Abolurin, who spoke at the dialogue, said it is better, though harder, to make peace than create a crisis.
Abolurin said the essence of the programme is to encourage dialogue instead of advocating for violence.
“Considering the situation at hand, the Corps partnered with UNRC/UNDP to organise this programme to set a new agenda through which peace could be attained, progress could be advanced and people could meet to dialogue, notwithstanding the historical and ethno-regional differences in a complex society such as Nigeria”, he said.
He stressed that crises these days have assumed different dimensions, adding that the magnitude of global crises and uprisings have brought about methodologies of advocacy strategy in conflict resolution.
“Therefore, for sustainable development, rapid progress, tranquility and good governance to take place, there must be peace initiative, peace building, peace moulding and dialogue for peaceful coexistence”, Abolurin said.
Also speaking at the workshop, the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, commended the effort of NSCDC in organising the programme with a view to restoring peace to the nation.
He stated that the dialogue was timely, considering that Nigeria is yearning for peace and working towards credible elections in 2015.