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UN calls for collective action to strengthen peacekeeping

The United Nations has called for collective action in demanding peace from leaders.

The United Nations Secretary-General Mr Antonio Gutterres made the call in a message to the annual peace lecture held in Abuja to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.

Represented by the peace advisor in the UN office Nigeria Mr Zebulon Takwa, Mr Guterress also stressed the importance of peace for development and urged leaders to raise up to the task of ensuring a peaceful environment.

The Director-General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution Professor Bakut Bakut said achieving peace was a collective responsibility of everyone hence the need to support President Buhari’s effort in resolving conflicts in the country.

A former Senate President Ameh Ebute who went down memory lane on how the United Nations was formed, commended the global organization for sustaining peace since the year of its existence.

The guest lecturer, a Professor of Environmental Management from Bayero University Kano Ibrahim Yakubu identified poor environmental and resource management among the drivers of conflict.

He said agriculture which is seen as a major source of livelihood also created fatigue to the environment hence the crisis between farmers and herders in the country.

There were goodwill messages from various stakeholders including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NGOs present at the event.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Climate Action for peace.

Hamza Akali

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