Sweet Mother International supports the campaign for peace project
By Chigozie Effe
Following the incessant bombing attacks on Nigerian citizens and the state of insecurity which has almost turned the once peaceful country into a failed state, the Coordinator of the Abuja chapter of Sweet Mother International, Mr. John Adeshina, has applauded the efforts of a group popularly known as The Patriots for its role in promoting peace in the country.
Adeshina, gave this commendation recently during the group’s sign in for peace program held at Unity Fountain, Abuja.
The Kogi State born Coordinator who condemned the recent bombing in Jos Plateau State where over 150 lives was lost, disclosed that the country needs peace in no better time than now. His words”Our dear country is really in need of peace as the daily loss of lives in the country is not healthy for us as a nation desirous of development.”
He used the occasion to call on well meaning Nigerians to embrace peace as that is the key to the development of any society.
Also speaking through the group's National Coordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Nkanta, disclosed that the sign in for peace project became necessary following the state of insecurity and fear that looms in virtually all parts of the country, making citizens of the once peaceful country strangers in their land.
According to the group, “Every society desirous of development must thread on the progressive path of peace. This is true considering the fact peace is a prerequisite for transformation,” adding that “it absence amounts to setbacks and underdevelopment.”
The group who condemned the recent bombings added “the demonstration of peace is a collective responsibility driven by the virtue of love for one another. Uniting for peace is uniting for development.”
“We believe through this project, peace is possible”, stressing that “the project is an invitation on Nigerians to rise up to the challenges of nation building and work for peace, unity and progress”.
The Patriots, who identified corruption as a bane to national development further posited that the aim of its campaign is to cultivate in Nigerians the values of love, compassion and forgiveness.”
In a brief chat with Our Correspondent, Assistant Secretary NASFAT, Abuja branch, Mr. Quadri-adu Kehinde, commended the bold step taken by the group, saying that the country needs peace no better time than now.
Kehinde, who at the amazement of many recited the Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary with the Christian youths, noted that the time has come for Christians and Muslims to join hands together to fight the common enemy.
He said”It is the duty of every Nigerian irrespective of your tribe, religion to embrace peace, adding that”NASFAT is known for peace and we are proud to be associated with this organization.”
The young and dynamic leader further reiterated the commitment of his organization to support the group in its search for peace in the country.
His words “using terrorism to fight terrorism will not be the solution rather through prayers, good attitudinal disposition and a pursue for peace may turn the country around for the better.
Also lending its voice to the peace advocacy, a representative of the Community of Sant’ Egidio(a nongovernmental organization that promotes global peace), Mr. Steve Edache, said that the event is line with the objective of the Community of Sant’ Egidio.
While applauding the brain behind the peace project, Edache used the occasion to call on well meaning Nigerians to stand up and pursue peace.