By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the aegis of GenerationsforPeace, has charged Nigerians on the need for peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups in the country, and Kaduna state in particular, saying no country achieve meaningful development without peace.
Administrative Officer of the group, Mr Eric John, made the call on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at an event to mark this year’s Independence Anniversary of the United States of America, (USA), celebrated on July 4.
Commending the American Government for their support to the group, Mr Eric John said one of the objectives of the group is to strengthen ties between America and Nigeria, saying because the United States has a culture of maintaining peaceful coexistence among her citizens, it is needful for Nigerians to borrow a leaf from the US.
According to him, the event also afforded the group the opportunity to bring all the ethnic groups in Nigeria resident in Kaduna state to dialogue for peace and also chart a way forward for the country.
John disclosed that his organization earlier had intra-sessions where ethnic groups in Kaduna came together to discuss issues that will bring about inter-ethnic relationships and tolerance in the state.
“These groups have been engaging in dialogue process for the past five months in two intra-sessions.
“And due to the fact that we seems not to understand one another since we do not properly relate, GenerationsforPeace is providing a safe space for these different ethnic groups to come together and discuss issues affecting them in the state,” he said.