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Nigerian Christians and Muslims have met in the mainly Muslim north of the west of Nigeria to open the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony. The center is located in Kaduna, where more than 20,000 people have died in various conflicts over the last three decades and it was opened Aug. 19. It is…
A Bade by tribe, hailing from the Jakusko local government area of Yobe state, an unassuming 23-year-old Imrana Alhaji Buba travelled to the heartland of the insurgency. He had gained admission to University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) to undertake his first degree.
In the midst of the heat, he saw a window of opportunity, a sense to contribute to peace in Borno, across the north, all through Nigeria, Africa and with that to make a contribution to global peace.
Nigerian unity is constantly tested and measured on such scales as equity in the spread and weight of appointments; governance objectivity; social, cultural and political identification; covert and overt political signalling. You want unity, you bridge and heal divisions not deepen and aggravate them. You listen and respect public opinion, not dismiss and waved it away.
The region south of the Sahara will do well to remind its own governments that black lives matter in Africa. Too often in the region, military violence against protesters and government opposition go unchecked and without reproach. The looting of national resources by the political elite, in some cases, directly contribute to the death of citizens. We can see this happening all over Africa, citizens in Chad, Burundi, South Sudan, Nigeria, Gambia and more, have suffered numerous casualties at the hands of rogue military officials who appear to have the tacit go-ahead from the state.
Confronted with the threatened secession of seven slave owning southern states, the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, reiterated the legal and moral obligation of an electoral minority to respect the decision of a constitutional majority if democracy is to be sustained. In Lincoln’s words “Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, always changing easily with deliberate change of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or despotism. The rule of a minority as a permanent arrangement is wholly impossible so that rejecting the majority principle, anarchism or despotism in some form is all that is left”. Stressing that all his authority as President derived from the people, Lincoln affirmed that his sacred duty was to administer his government and “transmit it unimpaired to his successor”. Buhari can also logically make this claim.
“We have a major interest there,” Wolf said. “There are 180 million Nigerians. One prominent Nigerian said, ‘Nigeria is fragile.’ He said if that 180 [million] or a portion of them are displaced, they will devastate Africa, they will devastate Europe, and they will have a major impact on the business interests of the United States. And he said it would not be violence free….
Popular Nigerian Artiste and Gala Ambassador, Harrison Tare Okiri, popularly known as Harrysong says he has concluded arrangements to hold a peace concert in Asaba. Harrysong told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that the concert titled; “One Delta Harrysong Peace concert’’ was part of efforts to restore peace to the…
He said little local conflicts are now global issues because of the global village phenomenon but was optimistic that Nigeria can play a very important role in showing the world that peaceful coexistence of over 250 ethnic groups with over 200 languages and multiple religions is possible.