UN Peace Day: ‘Over 20,000 Killed, 2m Displaced In N/East’

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The Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSGs) has advocated for sustainable peace in Nigeria saying its absence has negative financial and human resource implications for the country.

The president of the CCSGs, Etuk Williams spoke in Abuja, yesterday, at an event to mark this year’s United Nations International World Peace Day, noting that  there was no substitute to peace.

The  International Day of Peace is observed globally on 21 September. The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

Williams said, “There is need to reflect on the agony, despair and pains the absence of same (peace) has caused millions of people around the world.”

“The need for peace in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized considering the fact that the absence of it has led to the death of over 20,000 persons and displacement of over 2 million in the past seven years in the North East,” he said.

While appreciating the roles of the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS and other organizations in the promotion of world peace, Williams said, “It is good to also know that it is not yet ‘uhuru’ as more is needed most especially in the area of crisis resolution and management with a mechanism that will help us to be more proactive rather than reactive.”

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