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Peace Institute seeks durable solutions to incessant violent attacks in communities



The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja, says it is seeking durable solutions  to incessant violent attacks  in communities across the country.

The Director-General of the institute, Prof. Bakut Bakut, stated this on Tuesday in Jos at a ‘Community  Stakeholder Engagement on Nigeria Safe Community Initiative’.

Bakut said that it was no longer news that the nation was bedeviled by different violent attacks occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, farmer-herder conflicts and kidnapping, among others.

In view of the challenges, he said, the Institute decided to initiate studies that would provide the basis for reviewing existing peace agenda.

“After which a knowledge-driven peace agenda will be designed for the country.

“This has become critical in the face of rising violent attacks on communities as a result of intractable incidences,” he said.

The director-general said in order to get solutions to the challenges, all stakeholders were expected to make their inputs, hence the need for the engagement initiative.

He said the place of stakeholders in policy formulation could not be overstated in the conception of actionable and smart initiatives that would address citizens’ concerns.

According to him, IPCR was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, at a time when the country’s constitutional democracy was being threatened by rising incidents of violent conflicts.

“Thus, the Institute initiated, designed and implemented peace building  and conflict mitigation programmes that triggered off harmonious coexistence and non-violent conversations.

“It is in this regard that the institute conducted strategic assessment which led to the design of the first National Action Plan.

“This led to the establishment of the Presidential Implementation Committee,” he said.

Mr Gabriel Jiya, IPCR Director, Democracy and Development Studies, said that the engagement was of utmost importance as the roads, worship centres, schools and even hospitals were not safe.

Jiya said that the security agencies were doing their best but the best was not good enough.

 He said the engagement comprised stakeholders ranging from the academia to members of communities in order to come up with an all inclusive policy.

“We have taken it upon ourselves as an institute to bring together intellectuals who are grounded in peace building efforts to speak to us and the communities represented here.

“We have people from the communities who are most times directly affected, we will hear from them and compare with what the intellectuals are saying.

“We will extract from whatever is said here for policy formulation for government,” he said.

Superintendent Hassan Musa, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Nasarawa Gwom Division, lauded the IPCR initiative which he said would promote peaceful coexistence.

Musa said that peace is everyone’s business and hence the need for contributions from stakeholders.

Chief  Simon Tangni, Deputy President, Plateau Chamber of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA), said that businesses could not thrive in an atmosphere of chaos.

Tangni described the initiative as timely, especially now that the Yuletide was approaching.

Nigeria News Agency reports different papers relating to security were presented during the event.

Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf

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