Peace-Building — It will take two

With a rising cacophony of voices, global thought leaders, diplomats and policy enthusiasts for world peace, nations are beginning to realize the adverse effects of conflicts are worse than the actual cause of the conflicts.

Conflict is a situation when two or more persons, groups, communities, or nations pursue mutually exclusive or discordant goals. Often times, the underlying factors include a scarcity of resources, a clash of interests, incompatible value systems, standards and principles, and a perception of being displaced by other parties in pursuit of desired goals.

I hail from Nigeria where we are encumbered with different genres of conflicts. In Northern Nigeria, we are in constant fear of the Boko Haram Insurgency which have claimed lives in thousands and displaced millions, stripping them of their right to a sustainable livelihood, exposing them to gross economic and environmental hardship.

According to Amnesty International, Nigeria has recorded 3641 deaths due to numerous violence attacks by herdsmen and farmers who go in search of green pastures for their Cows or Cattle because the fields are no longer green.

In Southern Nigeria, we are perplexed by the clamor for the separation of states due to negligence by the Federal Government of Nigeria to advance the zones in terms of growth and development.

How much more my brothers and sisters in Syria, Sudan, DR Congo, Mali, Liberia, Iran who are on the blood cutting edge of guns, bullets, bombs, hunger and starvation?

How can we achieve global development without peaceful dialogues? How long shall the world continue to use violence as the means to an end?

It is my earnest desire that Aisha who lives on the streets of Syria with little to eat, James, who lives in constant fear, forcefully forced to watch the demise of his mother as the Fulani Herdman slit her throat can learn peace again.

Peace is our past, present and future.

It will take YOU & I to build peace. We necessarily don’t need political positions to drive peace. We can start by advocating for the ones who need it the most, having healthy conversations at the workplace, living open-mindedly, accepting the culture of others and the list goes on and on.

The internet never forgets.

IDP CAMP — Benue State, Nigeria captured by Joshua Okoduwa in 2017