NHRC COLLABORATES WITH KAICIID TO PROMOTE PEACE BUILDING

Posted: 2017-08-30


Conflict has become a great impediment to the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Nigerians especially to those living in conflict prone areas

The Acting Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission Mrs Oti Ovrawah stated this while playing host to a delegation from King Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) who were on a courtesy visit to the Commission.

Mrs. Ovrawah noted with dismay the effect of conflict which has wreaked havoc on people as she assures the delegation of the Commission's total support for their work.

The Ag. Executive Secretary said the work of KAICIID zeros into the Commission's activities and that collaboration between both organisations could foster strategies for peaceful coexistence.

The NHRC Boss further stated that the visit was coming at a time when the Commission already has a department that is saddled with the responsibility of dealing with all issues relating to conflict especially those that have to do with conflict prevention.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation Saifullah Munsoor said his organisation offers a platform where religious leaders, cultural leaders and policy makers could come together to seek solution to the various conflict that beset the society.

Munsoor said KAICIID is neutral and does not have any affiliations as members are drawn from diverse religious faith. While advising the Commission to leverage on the action plan of KAICIID in order to have a synergy on how both organisations could address issues of conflict. The Diplomat also revealed that Saudi Arabia, Spain and Austria are key partners of the organisation.

Another member of KAICIID, Alhaji Kunle Sani said the issue of peace and conflict resolution is germane to every nation. According to him, insurgency, herder/farmer clash etc. need a Nigerian solution as every Country has its own peculiar solutions to conflicts.

He applauded the NHRC for maintaining neutrality in dealing with Human Rights issues despite its position as a government institution.

The NHRC Director of Conflict Prevention Ethics and Good Governance, Mr Musa Salihu said the Commission attaches importance to peace, it's absence he said robs people of enjoying their human rights.

He said conflict prevention is of paramount importance now more than ever before and as such, the Commission is proposing an interfaith dialogue which could be a panacea for conflict.

To Mr Abdul Wahab Oyedokun, the convergence of ethnicity and religion propels conflict situations. He said conflicts are blown up by what He decries as conflict entrepreneurs who spread hate speech and false information so as to attract funds to curtail the ugly situation which may result from such misinformation. He said awareness raising is a vital instrument for peace building.


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