By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: The Commandant General, National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC), Dr. Chinedu Nneji has disclosed that the Corps has developed a ‘blueprint’ on how to resolve all the teething challenges bedeviling Nigeria.
This is just as he noted, that this blueprint will be quickly deployed at work upon legislation by the National Assembly and commissioning of the Corps by the Federal Government.
Nneji, who said this in his address on the occasion of the 2021 United Nations’ International Day of Peace Celebration which was held on Tuesday in Abuja, pointed out that the solution to Nigeria’s problems lies in dialogue, adding also that the insecurity in the country is obviously affecting the economy negatively.
He, however, revealed that the Corps has many trained and certified conflict resolution experts, who are ready and waiting to be deployed to work for the Federal Government after commissioning, so as to quell the security challenges.
“For now, we hereby solicit for the cooperation of the Federal Government, her Agencies and Departments to support us as we now call for a convention of ‘A National Peace Summit’, where all interest groups in Nigeria will have the opportunity of presenting their interests”, he remarked.
He further emphasized that they “strongly believe that recognizing and addressing the various existing interest groups in Nigeria can only be done through mediation, conciliation, arbitration and mitigation and this is exactly what National Unity and Peace Corps is all about.
“Give us a chance to showcase our capacity”, he pleaded.
For his part, the Chairman of the Occasion and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Peter Ogunmunyi while commending the National Unity and Peace Corps for their role in entrenching peace in Nigeria, prayed that the bill at the National Assembly will eventually be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, so as to have a formidable Peace Corps in Nigeria.
“I know your contribution to having peace in this country cannot be overemphasized. This body, if given legal backing, will cooperate with other security agencies to bring enduring peace. I pray that the peace that we all desire for will be enshrined in Nigeria and in the world”, he stated.
Also speaking, a retired Director from the Federal Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Alhassan Fawu, said national unity and peace is key in Nigeria, noting that the Peace Corps has been trying hard to ensure there is unity and peace in the country.
While thanking the CG for being hard working, he urged leaders to make sure there is peace and tranquility, so as to have unity and progress in Nigeria.
The International Day of Peace Celebration had the theme: “Recovering Better for An Equitable and Sustainable World”.