The Lagos State Government has called for concerted efforts by Commonwealth Nations to bring peace to trouble and war-shattered world of today.
The call was made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi at an event organised by the State Government to mark the 2017 celebration of the Commonwealth Day with the theme: “A Peace-Building Commonwealth”.
In line with the theme for the year, Odeyemi expressed the need for Commonwealth States, especially in the developed world to move swiftly to put an end to the war going on in Syria, Yemen and South-Sudan and other places.
He urged them to, as a matter of urgency, work with the over 80 intergovernmental, professional and civil society organizations within the Commonwealth family who are proactively engaged with, or contribute towards, the pursuit and strengthening of peace through their works to reduce the activities of terrorists globally.
Odeyemi opined that since the celebration provides an opportunity for individuals, communities and organizations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, the Charter should help countries to build democratic institutions, hold credible and transparent elections, promote and uphold human rights and good governance as this will go a long way to build bridges of mutual understanding and reduce the allegation of marginalization which is often the root cause of conflicts.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the 53 commonwealth states which accounts for about one-third of the world population with a combined population of 2.3 billion out of the world’s 7.5 billion was capable of building the much needed world peace because if everyone out of three persons in the world preaches peace and live in peace with his or her neighbour; definitely the world will be a better place to live in.
Odeyemi noted that if Nigerians as citizens of Commonwealth nation embrace the shared values of peace, the country would be immune from the menace of militancy in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram in the Northern States and farmers/ herdsmen crisis which is spreading across the nation.
He advised students in Lagos State to imbibe the spirit of peace and live in harmony with their neighbours nevertheless just as he admonished them to report all cases of violence against them, their friends and colleagues, in whatever form, so that the government could help to rescue them from their abusers.
At the event, presentations were made by the six Lagos State Education Districts with District VI clinching the first position with the presentation of poetry in the series of performances made by the students.