The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is implementing a new framework for peace across the country called the NOA Peace Project.
Addressing the second Essential Forum of the NOA Peace Project in Abuja, the NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri said the Peace Project is a national initiative tailored to engage all sectors and representations in the Nigerian socio-political and cultural spaces in the conversation on national peace.
Underscoring the imperative of the project, Mr. Omeri said “We as a nation are faced with a giant that threatens our sovereignty as a united people, but we are a formidable force. We will not surrender. We will fight for the inheritance of a land given us by the Almighty. And so we must come together; young and old, great and small, rich and poor, and pledge to peace”.
The NOA boss said that in order to drive the project, the Agency had assembled a core group of select leaders and captains of industry that can network and synergize efforts to achieve the goal of national, regional and continental peace. This group, according to him, was meeting bimonthly to share experiences, brainstorm on solutions, receive progress reports and review the project strategy. In addition, he said they were providing guidance, answering questions relating to peace building, offering resource contributions and testing proposed ideas on elements of the project before implementation.
Strategies unveiled at the forum include a music video on peace and other audio-visual materials. Mr. Omeri noted that in addition, the Agency was already reaching out to students of several institutions of learning with the message of peace and had also enlisted the support of the media, the United Nations, and international development partners. He was optimistic that the security challenges of the country will soon come to an end given the noticeable commitment of stakeholders in the Agency’s Peace Project which, he said, was gaining much grounds.
The forum observed a minute silence in honour of citizen who recently lost their lives in the Baga, Bama and Mayo Belwa killings at the instance of the NOA boss who described the victims as martyrs of peace and prayed that their death will not be in vain.
Stakeholders at the event, including the Country Director, UN Democratic Governance for Development, Mr. Mourtada Deme canvassed a multi-dimensional approach toward addressing the issues of peace in different parts of the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, represented by Dr. who noted the importance of peace to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals pledged the continued support of her office to the NOA peace project to ensure the nation’s security challenges come to an end in the shortest possible time.