As the world marks the 2018 and 70th anniversary of the United Nations Peace Day, wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has canvassed for a society, where justice and equity reigns.
Aisha said, the theme of this year’s celebration, which is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Right at 70”, is apt in the light of the Sustainable Development Goal 16, “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.”
She said, “Peace is only possible when we promote peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
Aisha made this observation at the 2018 and 70th anniversary of the UN Peace Day celebration at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, yesterday.
The UNESCO regional director, Ydo Yao, who represented Mme Audray Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO, noted that peace would remain elusive as long as cases of human rights’ violations still persist.
“There will be no peace on this planet, as long as human rights are violated somewhere in the world.”
She explained that on this International Day of Peace, the words of René Cassin, one of the architects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, reminds us that
“Peace will remain an unattainable ideal as long as fundamental human rights are not respected.”
Respect for the fundamental human rights, she said, is a prerequisite for a peaceful society, in which everyone can fully enjoy equal and inalienable rights.
The words of René Cassin, she insisted, remind us of our duty of solidarity towards our fellow human beings:
“Peace is imperfect and fragile unless everyone benefits from it; human rights are either universal or they are not.
“This intrinsic link between peace and respect for human rights is the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace, as this year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“The ideals of peace and universal rights are challenged and violated on a daily basis.”
The Royal Father of the Day, His Royal Highness, Abubakar Umar Suleiman, Emir of Bade, canvassed for a role for traditional institutions in enthroning lasting peace in the country.
He bemoaned the dwindling fortune of Nigeria, which he said used to be the envy of the world but is now ridden with conflicts that have retarded its rapid socio-economic growth and progress.
“We must all work for peaceful co-existence and progress, to achieve that, we need each other.
“I thank Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the United Nations Agency and other agencies and organisations that planned this event of peace, which for me, is a worthy one.”
While welcoming quests to the occasion, the acting director general of IPCR, Dr Bakut T Bakut said, the Institute has, in pursuance of peace in Nigeria and beyond, established National Peace Academy, with the hope of producing peace advocates throughout the country.