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Peace conference advocates collaborations across divides

Promotion of peacebuilding activities by individuals and communities across all divides has been identified as ways to foster peaceful co-existence and bridge gaps occasioned by conflicts across the world.

This formed part of the submission of stakeholders at an International Peace Roundtable organised by Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies in collaboration with building Bridges International Tel Aviv, Israel.

Leading the discussion, a guest speaker from Israel is also the promoter of Joint Israeli-Palestinian Peace University, Mr Eden Fuchs explained that all energy and resources by men of goodwill across government, businesses and organisations to maintain world peace must be deployed

He stated that as a peacemaker he was not speaking for anyone but aimed to share experience on models that have been experimented with between Palestinian and Israeli people.

The Guest lecturer who differentiated between models of war and social engagement highlighted models of civil society, women group, bereaved family and bible colleges and peace university as institution leading in peace advocacy.

Mr Fuchs who illustrated the Crisis between Israel and Palestinian said to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence there was the need for people to develop the art of listening to the group in conflicts.

The Director, Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development studies, Dr Uwakwe Abugu acknowledged that no one could claim expertise to peacemaking and therefore called on all citizens to enlist in peace advocacy.

Dr Uwakwe Abugu stressed the importance of peace as a catalyst for all-round development said the choice of the Guest Lecturer and the theme of the roundtable were apt and compelling.

One of the discussants Dr Charles Alfred of the Institute of Democratic studies that the peace roundtable was timely as there were lessons to learn from the narratives of the guest lecturer stressing that issue of lands and identity were the common denominator of conflicts in Nigeria.

The Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Professor Oshita Osita who made reference to the present crisis of Herders and farmers in the country that the institute had released early warning alert on the present conflict.

One of the guests at the forum, Professor Ostia who called for proactive approaches to solving the problem in the country urged Nigerians to embrace the communal way of life in line with the Ancient Africa tradition

The international roundtable with the team Peace Building for Nation Building: Nigeria and Israel in perceptive attracted scholars and stakeholders in peacebuilding advocacy across the country.

Timothy Bamidele

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