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Red Cross calls for creation of ministry of national reconciliation



The International Red Cross Society (IRCS) has called for the establishment of Ministry of National Reconciliation, to promote peaceful coexistence and enthrone national rebirth.

Prof. Peter Katchy, Chairman of Nigerian Red Cross in Anambra said this on Wednesday during the celebration of  World Red Cross Day in Awka .

Katchy, who addressed the media said that the call was in line with the theme of this year’s celebration which was “Love for Humanity”.

He said the ministry if created would reduce violence, deaths, hardship, displacement, destruction and cost of financing security operations.

“We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to embark on the reconciliation of Nigeria by establishing Federal Ministry of Reconciliation, which will enhance peaceful coexistence and enthrone national rebirth.

“Youths must be protected by providing them with positive narratives of national values, which will yield adequate patriotism’’

“These steps will strengthen the youth resistance to influences that violate the constitution, contradict national ethos, hatred, malice, subjugation and violence,” he said.

Katchy said that the Nigerian Red Cross movement in Anambra has helped humanity through timely and sustained interventions in times of emergency and communal crisis in parts of the state.

He said there were no fewer than 18, 000 volunteers in the 21 local government areas of Anambra, adding that the works of the Red Cross were evidence based.

He, however, commended partners of Red Cross especially donor agencies for their support and underscored the need for more assistance.

He said that the donations would enhance their capacity for disaster preparedness, mitigation and rapid response, to the vulnerable in times of need.

“The human needs and vulnerability include vehicular accidents, fire disasters, flood disasters, communal conflicts, religious conflicts and armed robbery attacks.

Others include: kidnap trauma, epidemic and disease outbreaks, internal displacement and herdsmen invasion.

“Some of our needs are six ambulances, four pick up vans, first aid boxes, blankets, buckets, cups, spoons, medicament and 500  stretchers,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that part of the celebration include medical outreach at the state Headquarters of the Red Cross, which will last till May 12.

The World Red Cross Red Day is celebrated on May 8, each year. This date is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8, 1828. He was the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.