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NOA kicks off campaign for peace in North-East

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has begun a campaign to foster peaceful co-existence among residents of the North-East zone towards enhancing national development.

According to the Director-General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, the campaign is essentially to prevent ethno/communal conflicts, herdsmen/farmers clashes, political and economic exclusion and regional agitations, as well as recruitment into the Boko Haram gang of insurgents.

The decade-long insurgency has claimed many lives and property in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Abari, who spoke yesterday at the kick off of the campaign tagged “building a people of peace” in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said that peaceful coexistence among Nigerians in the north east would ensure sustenance of unity, progress and economic development across the nation.

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The DG, who was represented by Yobe State Director of NOA, Ali Audu, said: “We’re making effort towards achieving an enduring peace in various communities affected by conflicts, including the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“We must endeavour to explore all the ingredients that build, sustain and consolidate on peaceful co-existence of various ethnic and religious groups. This must go beyond ordinary verbal expression to restore peace in the north east.”

Abari said that without peace, there would be no progress, warning: “When there is lack of progress, development is retarded with the subjugation of society to untold suffering and hardship.”

He, therefore, urged the stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders in Borno State, to shun acts that breed violence, chaos and terrorism in the North-East and resolve to coexist in peace and harmony.

“There is the need for peace in the family, village, community, state and national level. Absence of peace at any level of social integration will significantly affect national cohesion, stability and socioeconomic development.”

NOA also urged the people to work collectively towards curbing the plagues of insurgency, militancy, kidnapping and violent agitations and other criminal activities that threaten the peace and corporate existence of Nigeria.

The agency urged the stakeholders to restore the lost values by imputing the right attitudes and values on children, adherents and subjects.

The chairman of the event, Matawali Mala Gana, said efforts were being made to build peace in Borno, adding that Boko Haram activities had been reduced remarkably for peace to return and be sustained in communities affected by insurgency.

According to him, the state government has also procured and distributed patrol vehicles to military and other security agencies.

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