The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, has called on Nigerians to continue to support the Federal government’s efforts in tackling hate speeches, terrorism and corruption.
Dalung made the call at the 2017 International Day of Peace organised by the Peace Corp of Nigeria, PCN, in Abuja with the theme “ Together For Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that International Peace Day is commemorated on Sept. 21 as declared by the General Assembly of the United Nation in 2001.
According to him, celebration of peace cannot be complete if the efforts of those who had worked relentlessly to promote peace is not appreciated.
“For the society to enjoy peace, the peace must flow within you to the outside and spread without limits. It is equally important to remind you that we cannot live without peace.
“The need for peace is for all.
“ It is therefore not only crucial but urgent. It is therefore expected that we all, especially young people, should take it upon ourselves to do all at disposal to entrench peace in all we say , where we go and in all we do.
“I encourage every young person to be seen as a soldier of peace to ensure peace globally. This is the sacrifice required from us all,’’ he said.
He commended the role of PCN in efforts toward ensuring peace across the country.
Earlier, the National Commandant of PCN, Mr Dickson Akoh, said addressing injustice in whatever form or seeking restructuring could not be achieved through violence and hate speeches.
He, however, said peace could be achieved based on the universal principles of dialogue and integrated negotiations.
“We should not just celebrate peace on this day alone but make it a ritual in our lives.
“It is in this regards that I wish to implore all Nigerians, particularly the youths, that we should realise that peace is one of humanity’s most precious needs.
“Lets us collectively promise on this occasion to make peace not just a priority but our daily passion.
“ If we do all these, we will be consolidating on the gains and efforts of our security forces,’’ Akoh said.
He commended the efforts of security agencies for their bravery in tackling insecurity, especially terrorism, kidnapping as well as farmers and herdsmen clashes.