Following the annual celebration of The International Day of Peace, The Executive Vice Chairman of the Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM), Priscilla Ankut Esq has joined many peace-loving people around the world in commemoration of the day.
“KAPECOM joins millions of peace-loving people across the world in commemorating the International Peace Day with the Theme: Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era,” she espoused.
Adding, “The commemorations are taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to the unfortunate and avoidable loss of precious lives in Kaduna State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite existing security challenges in flash point LGAs of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna State, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peacebuilding. It is indeed gratifying to note that with the support of Kaduna State Government, Security Agencies and the commitment of international and domestic NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, we are, together shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement, and the Commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious co-existence would be achieved sooner than later.
“On the occasion of commemorating the International Peace Day, the Commission urges individual and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious co-existence. This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace. Today, should serve to remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities. Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state.”