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Sunday, 6 September 2015

What a garbage: Presidency, Ohanaeze, ACF, YCE, others for peace confab

Determined to prevent a repeat of the hate campaigns and the divisiveness that characterized the 2015 gen­eral elections, the presidency, through the office of the Sec­retary to Government of the Federation (SGF) in collabo­ration with Nigeria for Peace Initiative, have concluded plans to hold a pan-Nigerian peace conference in Abuja.

The conference billed for November, will bring to­gether regional blocs, labour movements and other rel­evant bodies in the country. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), National Council of Tradi­tional Rulers of Nigeria, Yor­uba Council of Elders (YCE), Ijaw National Congress (INC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Northern Elders Fo­rum (NEF), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Association of Ni­gerian Students (NANS), Igbo, Yoruba and Arewa youth forums are expected to participate. Over five dia­sporan associations have also indicated their interest to be part of the peace conference.
Permanent Secretary in charge of Political Affairs in the office of SGF, Mrs. Ibu­kun Odusote, in a letter ad­dressed to the initiator of the peace conference and nation­al liaison director of Nigeria for Peace Initiative, Mr. Ken Iyere, said government was willing to fully participate in the peace conference.

“This is to confirm that the Nigerian National Volunteer Service, Political Affairs Of­fice, Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federa­tion is willing to partner with the National Peace-Building Outreach also known as Ni­geria for Peace Initiative to­wards the organization of the National Peace Conference scheduled to hold in Novem­ber,” part of the letter from the SGF’s office, conveying its readiness to participate in the peace conference read.

“The need for caution to be taken ahead of the 2019 elections exists. We do not have to wait till the elections before we sensitize both poli­ticians and Nigerians on the relevance of peace,” Iyere said.

Source sunnewsonline

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