It is traditional to commemorate the International Day of Peace all over the world. The World Peace Day was declared 70 years ago to be celebrated every September 21.
In line with this, the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, a renowned non-governmental and civil society organization with offices in Delta, Lagos and Kano States as well as the FCT, Abuja, deemed it necessary to commemorate the Day by sensitizing the masses on the need to embrace peace.
The CEPEJ team collaborated with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to map out the activities that were carried out from 13th to the 21st of September, 2019.
The Institute invited CEPEJ for partnership as the activities by the both of them were similar, thereby creating a common platform for both organizations to form a coalition without duplication of efforts. This is because all the actors needed for the celebration would be of same agencies/offices e.g. Nigerian Police for security, FRSC for a safe walk route, etc.
Other actors involved were the UNESCO, UNDP, UN Women, Office of the first Lady through the African First Ladies Peace Mission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, NSCDC, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and four civil society organizations.
The event featured activities such as press briefing with about 30 journalists representing various media outfits, the release of prepared peace message jingles to radio and TV stations, special interviews on NTA network on CEPEJ's efforts at supporting peace building and partnerships with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, a movelty football match, a peace walk which started from Unity Fountain and terminated at the Institute's premises 4.5Km, a Peace Day Lecture/Seminar for students, youths, the media and other segments of society, as well as prayers at the Presidential Villa Chapel and National Mosque for peace to reign in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
This partnership with the Institute has also facilitated a project chaired by CEPEJ to carry out trainings for Traditional and Religious Leaders, Youths and the media towards stopping communication that can exacerbate conflict situations. An MOU will be signed by parties involved to kick start the implementation of this project in the weeks ahead.
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, Comrade Sheriff Mulade represented by the CEPEJ Programmes Manager in Abuja Office, Nafisat Amadu AbdulMalik expressed the profound gratitude of the Center to all collaborators and participants who in one way or the other contributed immensely to the success of the event and advised everyone to take proactive measures to curb the effects of climate change in the society while sustaining peaceful living.