#Insurgency: NOA Launches Peace Advocacy
The Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba
Abari; has said that sensitization campaigns on “building a people of
peace” bring peaceful coexistence for national development.
According to him, the national campaigns; are against ethno/communal
conflicts, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, regional agitations, political
and economic exclusion and Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast.
The decade long Boko Haram insurgency has claimed many lives and
property in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Abari made the declarations Wednesday, while flagging off; “building a
people of peace campaign’ in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
He said that peaceful coexistence among Nigerians in Northeast ensures
sustenance of unity, progress and economic development across the
Abari, who was represented by NOA’s Yobe State Director, Ali Audu
said: “We’re making effort towards achieving an enduring peace in
various communities, affected by conflicts, including Boko Haram
insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.”
While speaking on peace building, he said: “We must endeavor to
explore all the ingredients that build, sustain and consolidate on
peaceful co-existence of various ethnic and religious groups,” noting
that these must go beyond ordinary verbal expression to restore peace
He said that without peace, there will be no progress, warning that;
“when there is lack of progress, development is retarded with the
subjugation of society to untold suffering and hardship.
He therefore, urged the stakeholders, traditional and religious
leaders in Borno state to shun acts that breed violence, chaos and
terrorism in northeast.
According to him, traditional and religious leaders, including
stakeholders of various affected communities should resolve to coexist
in peace and harmony.
Continued; he said: “There is the need for peace in the family,
village, community, state and national level,” warning that the
absence of peace at any level of social integration will significantly
affect national cohesion, stability and socioeconomic development.
He therefore urged the people to work collectively towards curbing the
plagues of insurgency, militancy, kidnapping, violent agitations,
cultism and hate speech among others.
He said that terrorism, criminal activities and other vices threaten
the peace and corporate existence of Nigeria.
The agency also urged parents, religious and policical leaders,
traditional institutions, media, labour unions, women and youth groups
and civil society organisation (CSOs) to restore the lost values.
He said the restoration of values be achieved by imputing the right
attitudes and values on children, adherents and subjects.
Chairman of the event, Matawali Mala Gana disclosed that efforts were
made in building peace in Borno state.
Boko Haram activities, according to him, had been reduced remarkably
to sustain peace among various communities affected by insurgency.
He said that the state government has also procured and distributed
patrol vehicles to military and other security agencies.
He therefore, urged corporation organisations to contribute their
quotas by fulling their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to
build and restore peace in the state.