It was the gathering of intellectuals at the much talked about book on violence and peace, authored by Amina Tukur Othman, titled ‘Shun Violence And Embrace Peace’ held at the Ladi Kwali Hall of Sheraton hotel, Abuja.
The book, which is centred at enlightening the general public, especially children and youths, on not just the need to know what leads to violence, but more importantly, on how to avoid it.
The author, who has over 10 books to her credit, explained that the unacceptable rate at which drugs is being brought into the country and the continued violence the world over, necessitated her writing the book.
“Everywhere you go, there is no peace, not just in Nigeria. You watch Aljazeera, there is no peace, you watch CNN there is no peace, it is everywhere. But I think in the case of Nigeria, we are really moving away from the normal orientation that was given to us by our parents.
“We shouldn’t take life, we shouldn’t beat, we shouldn’t be violent, we shouldn’t be fighting all over the place because sometimes, these traits start from childhood, but parents don’t really pay good attention to the development. We need to really be our brothers’ keepers,” she said.
In addition, Amina Tukur thanked everyone who supported her throughout the process of writing the book and described the acceptance the book has enjoyed so far as overwhelming.
‘‘Everyone says this is really great, this is really nice. I wish it would go down to the grassroots because it was written in very simple English. Once you are literate and you can read, no matter how little, you will understand the value. Maybe in my next work, we will start looking at Nigerians being responsible, attending programmes on time,” she buttressed.
Also speaking at the occasion, the book reviewer, Barr Charles S. Odenigbo who is the director general, Center for Media Law/Development, appreciated the efforts of Othman for launching the timely book.
“What Amina Tukur has done is to take her heart and throw it in the ring. The need to shun violence and embrace peace, Amina’s dream of seeing citizens living in peace and harmony is a collaborative effort between every stake holder. Just like vitamins, the book is concise, thought provoking, soul changing, incisive, compact, revealing, informing and tells point blank, the most important things about violence.
“It touches different types of violence, cultism and various cults in Nigeria, including electoral violence, trauma and others. She also did something important in the book by indicting Nigerian parents, religious bodies, socio-political leaders and the military for the many complacent conspirators of violence as a recurring decimal. The testimonial of the young lady is a true reflection that in did, violence pervades our society and there is need to move from one end of violence to the realm of peace.”
In related development, in his paper presentation titled ‘The Role Of Religious Leadership In Peace Building’ by the executive secretary, Nigeria interreligious Council (NIREC), Fr. Cornelius Afebu Omonokha, commended the writer for raising the clarion call in her book for everyone to shun violence and embrace peace.
Fr. Omonokha also pointed out that every peace builder and conflict manager should be an actor and a connector who must through dialogue, engage the funders, promoters, dividers and beneficiaries of conflict to see the need for conflict transformation as an integral part of humanity.
“God did not create human beings in isolation hence, no man is an island, just as no tree can make a forest. As long as human beings live in different communities, the quest for peaceful co-existence is inevitable.
“It would do the nation a lot of good if every Christian and Muslim could identify with NIREC as a family and model of peaceful co-existence,” he explained.
Also, a young lady who had a bitter experience of molestation for years, for the first time came out to speak on how she fought against an abusive relationship and why people shouldn’t endure abusive union.
The high point of the event was the unveiling of the book and subsequent launch by dignitaries present.
Others who graced the event were representative of the minister of information and culture, Mr Charles Odugbala, representative of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani and representative of the executive secretary, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Barr. Mohammed Ladan. Others were the representatives of the military, NSCDC, NYSC, NYC etc.
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