National Peace Committee in Nigeria Issues Statement

 

Committee calls for restraint amid steep rise in divisive and hateful rhetoric. 

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The National Peace Committee in Nigeria yesterday (July 11th) issued a statement calling for peace following an upsurge in tensions between various communities across the vast West African country.

The statement begins by referring to the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which was 'a time of spirituality, introspection' for many millions of Nigerians. It continues by stating that there is no better time than now for the nation to be 'thoughtful'.

The communique goes on to outline the many issues which the country currently faces and it also highlights the National Peace Committee's recommendations aimed at easing the present situation.

The recommendations include calling on politicians to disassociate themselves from groups which 'express disdain for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians' and supporting the government's position on 'effective enforcement of laws that prohibit hateful and divisive speeches'. The statement also calls for 'honest dialogue' and for the government to 'urgently work with private and voluntary sectors...to address the crisis of skills and jobs...'.

The full statement made be viewed here.

The National Peace Committee was founded under a provision in the 'Abuja Accord'. According to the Kukak Centre website, the Accord came about in advance of the 2015 elections which were expected to be 'hotly contested'. All Presidential candidates and parties agreed to a set of guidelines. 

The National Peace Committee is comprised of 'respected statesmen and women, traditional and religious leaders' who include former Head of State, General Abdulsalam A. Abubakar, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto.

 

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