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Nigeria must tackle poverty to stop conflicts – Chinese envoy

By VICTORIA OJEME

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Deng Boqing, has called on the Federal Government to tackle poverty and underdevelopment in order to prevent conflicts.

He stated this while answering questions from journalists after the opening of the International Conference on Traditional Methods of Dispute Resolution organized by the embassy and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, in Abuja.

He said conflicts come from three roots: poverty and underdevelopment; ethno-religious dispute and territorial dispute which comes from history.

Boqing pointed out,” Nigeria and also China can increase food and other necessities for our people;  we can reduce poverty and people can enjoy their lives. Diversity is the heritage of civilization.

If different civilizations can learn from each other, if communication can continue among the people, we can learn from each other and respect the diversity.

“War is the last choice. Wars always make people suffer. If we can prevent  conflicts, if we can dialogue and communicate, we can prevent  wars”.

The IPCR Director General, Joseph Golwa, said the conference was organized to revive indigenous methods of settling dispute which are culturally friendly and people-driven.

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