As Nigeria joins the world to commemorate the 2017 International Day of Peace today September 21, a non-governmental organisation; the Immaculate Initiative for Peace (IIP) has called on Nigerians to unite and seek peace with each other.
Speaking at the Peace Walk to commemorate the day, IIP Director-General Comrade Bankole Dada said “In line with the theme for this year’s celebration, we call on all Nigerians to continue to keep faith with democracy and the governments at all levels by actively playing our part “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity” towards ensuring that peace reigns in Nigeria in particular and the world at large.
The walk took place from Ikeja underbridge in Ikeja local government council area of Lagos and had in attendance members of Immaculate Initiative for Peace led by the Director General Comrade Bankole Dada, Nelson Ekujumi, the assistant director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), nollywood star Mr. Ayo Badmus, Christian cleric Prophet Dr. E. A. Godwin, Islamic religious leaders, members of the NURTW, the media, security agencies, etc.
They started from Ikeja under-bridge through Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja to the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja where they were received and addressed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, strategy and security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Hon. Oluwa and Hon Funmilayo Tejuoso after the presentation of the letter by the group commemorating the international Day of Peace.
Hon. Tunde Braimoh on behalf of the Lagos State House of Assembly under the able leadership of Rt. Hon. Speaker Mudashiru Obasa appreciated the peaceful conduct and disposition of the team in calling on Nigerians to allow peace reign notwithstanding the various agitations in the country and re-echoed the need for Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of submitting their grievances to due process of the law for amicable resolution in the interest of harmonious co-existence.
Hon. Braimoh commended the United Nations declaration of September 21 every year as the International Day of Peace and prayed for peace to reign in Nigeria in particular and the world in general.
The team also delivered similar letter of commemoration of the International Day of Peace to the office of the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari, the President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.