The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on all Nigerians, corporate and international entities to throw their weights behind the Agency’s Peace Project for sustainable peace in Nigeria.
The NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri who made this call during the NOA Peace Project Essential Forum 3 in Abuja described the project as a holistic, non-forceful approach, using behavior change communication in all Local Governments of the nation, towards stemming the tides of insecurity in the country in complement to military interventions.
The NOA boss said the security challenges in Nigeria were curious and therefore required courage in confronting them. He therefore charged Nigerian and international institutions to display the needed courage to bring the terror of insecurity to a final end in Nigeria by making commitment to funding and supporting the NOA Peace Project.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, represented by the Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Frank Mba said the Nigeria Police Force was proud to associate with NOA Peace Project because it was convinced of the workability of the project. He said the project would also help the Police’s strategies for receiving early warning signals which are already making progress in preventive policing. The IGP pledged the commitment of the Force to the NOA Peace Project and all similar projects which aim at peace building.
Representative of the European Union (EU), Mr. Alan Monde noted the importance of peace in Nigeria to world peace and the commitment of the EU and its partners to helping bring terrorism to an end in Nigeria and across the world.
Other stakeholders present at the Forum include the United Nations; Federal Ministry of Interior; Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Association of Local Governments of Nigeria; and the media.