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UN, others preach peace to mark global event

By Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja) and Waliat Musa (Lagos)
22 September 2022   |   5:21 am
United Nations (UN) General Assembly has called on countries around the world to end racism and foster peace. Speaking, yesterday, on the theme of the 2022 International Peace Day, ‘End racism. Build peace...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on August 12, 2022. (Photo by JEON HEON-KYUN / POOL / AFP)

United Nations (UN) General Assembly has called on countries around the world to end racism and foster peace. Speaking, yesterday, on the theme of the 2022 International Peace Day, ‘End racism. Build peace’, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres stated: “Racism continues to poison institutions, social structure, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilises societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments and the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

He said achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms, noting that it requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish and creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

RELATEDLY, the incessant killings and other issues of insecurity facing Nigeria today have been linked to lack of unity and increased poverty rate across the country, the International Visitor Leadership Programme Alumni Association of Nigeria (IVLPAA) has stated.

The American organisation, therefore, called on government to eliminate poverty, food insecurity and social injustice being the major cause of unrest and violence.

Addressing a rally organised in partnership with Global Peace Foundation to mark the occasion, Ambassador Barakat Sanni, maintained that insecurity across the country might continue if there was no cooperation between citizens and government.

The whole essence of government and leadership anywhere in the world, she noted, is to entrench peace for development.
On his part, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation, Rev. John Hayab, described this year’s theme as apt, noting however that, religion and ethnicity seem to be doing worse than racism in Nigeria.

Hayab, who is also Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, maintained that peace is possible even though humanity all over the world fails to cultivate and nurture peace.