December 25, 2015

How Nigeria lost 16,000 to violence — Aniele

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT— Director, National Crime Prevention, Abia State, has urged Nigerians to shun violence as it has claimed over 16,000 lives in the country in the last one decade.

Adiele, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the conferment of World Ambassador for Peace award on some Nigerians by Positive Living Award Centre of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, said it was high time Nigerians started promoting the values of peace at all levels.

Speaking on Global Peace, Panacea for Sustaining Development and Security, he harped on the role of peace in nation building, noting that records from the 1999 massacre in Odi, Bayelsa State, the Kaduna riots in 2000 and several other religious riots in Jos, including the bomb blasts in several parts of the country between 1999 and 2014, showed that the nation had lost over 16,000 persons to violence.

Awardees, Mr Godwin Ezeemo and Dr Peter Egenti, stressed the significance of peace. Mr Ezeemo enjoined pro-Biafra agitators to embrace peace, saying that dialogue should be promoted above violence.

According to him, “I want to advise both Biafrans and those that are yet to raise their heads to realize that we are one Nigeria.

“Our forefathers had a goal and that is what we are singing in our national anthem that the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain,’’ he said.