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MASS KILLINGS: ENGAGE COMMUNITY, MULTINATIONAL APPROACH TO CONFLICT, GROUP URGES FG
PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI has been urged to personally lead the peace resolution efforts based on bilateral and multinational approach to end needless killings and armed violence in many parts of the country. If the violence continues unchecked, Nigeria may slip into a killing field where the government and security agencies will become helpless.
The National Working Group on Peace and Conflict Prevention, an initiative of the Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) after its meeting at the weekend in Lagos said reports of violence and mind-boggling incidences of killings of people including children, the aged and the physically challenged have been grossly underreported owing to lack of access to the media and official censorship.
The meeting was attended by 30 representatives of ethnic, religious and community-based groups spread across the country.
The Working Group in a release after the national meeting said verifiable evidence from contacts in troubled communities indicate that an average of 100 people are killed every week in the Middle Belt hotspots. It said the government appears not to have an effective economic road map apart from expenditure on sophisticated arms and ammunition.
The report was signed by Mr Akinwale Kasali, Mallam Sulaiman Sanusi and Mr Digifa Noel Werinipre. The group said following the 18-month nation-wide peace building programme with the support of the Ford Foundation, it was able to attain an important status to receive prompt and adequate reports on the killings and wanton destruction of lives which assume dangerous proportion daily.
In April, the working group facilitated a meeting of representatives of community-based groups in the South and Middle belt attended by about 120 representatives.
It urged the Presidency and the National Assembly to create a non-military multi-national and bilateral mechanism for the quick resolution of the festering crisis. The working group said the Federal Government urgently needs to engage community and faith-based groups in troubled spots where violence continue to rage especially in the Middle Belt as part of the steps needed to put an end to incessant killings.
The group said apart from the constructive engagement of local groups, there is the need for a civil multinational mechanism to work out modalities towards bringing the crisis to an end.
by Samuel Adeshola
Members of JODER including the ED, Adewale Adeoye help to facilitate the first ever indigenous conference of the Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt forum.
The organisation which had over 500 indigenous groups come together and speak with a voice in an historic conference held at 25, Fajuyi Way, GRA, c/o Falana and Falana Chambers on Thursday March 29, 2018.
JODER members with the indigenous people of the Southern Nigeria and Middle belt Forum for development led by US based Lawyer Mr. Sidney Imobhio after the meeting at JODER secretariat, Onigbongbo, Maryland, Lagos.
JODER ED, Adewale Adeoye Presenting IEC materials on diversity reporting a project facilitated by the Ford Foundation West Africa region to members of the foremost media organisation in Nigeria Television Continental, TVC, at Ikosi, Ketu.
L – R: Popoola Ajayi, Member Lagos State Security Trust Fund; Adewale Adeoye JODER, ED; Taiwo Adeleye; Tunde Abatan, Former Deputy Editor, Daily Times News paper and Adeola Soetan at the Interactive session on Diversity Reporting for Journalists and Civil Society organised by JODER at JODER’s Secretariat.
Participants at the Interactive Session for Journalists and Civil Society.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEDIA INTERACTION-TRAINING ON DIVERSITY REPORTING ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, (JODER), THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, (IIE) AND THE FORD FOUNDATION, WEST AFRICA REGION HELD AT M SQARE HOTEL, LAGOS ON AUGUST 23, 2017
Participants at the Training for Nigerian Print and Electronic Media on Reporting Conflict and Diversity in A Plural Society, were drawn from the print and electronic media, professional media organisations, Civil Society,Nigerian Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, (NBC) and other media-driven organisations across the country.
Participants observe that the media has a very important role to play in the transformation of any given society. The media as the Fourth Estate of the Realm has a very significant role to play in nation building and sustainable development. The Nigerian media has played this critical role since 1859 when the first newspaper was published in the country in the local language of the indigenous people.
Throughout the history of Nigeria, since the pre-colonial, indigenous peoples had employed mass communication as a veritable tool in building the gap between the people and their leaders. The media, from the primordial times, either traditional or modern media performed profound functions in shaping the destiny of the country.
That in Nigeria, the media for instance played a very significant role in the campaign for independence against colonial rule and was also in the forefront in the campaign against despotic military rulers that seized the country for 27 odd years.
AUGUST 23, 2017
WHEN THE HATE SPEECHES MATURE TO FULL BLOWN WAR NOTE THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LOVE:
*No one (North, South, East, or West, etc) will be immune.
BETTER TO TALK PEACEFULLY NOW WHILE WE CAN AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. EVERY ARTICLE OF RELATIONSHIP AS A NATION CAN BE NEGOTIATED PEACEFULLY.
JODER ED, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting the Book Publications on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention supported by Ford Foundation and other IEC materials to Mr. Micheal Popoola Ajayi, Chairman, Centre for Democracy and Socio-Economic Rights (CEDESER) and a member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, on Tuesday 8th, August 2017.
JODER ED, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting the Book Publications on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention supported by Ford Foundation and other IEC materials to Mr. Nelson Ekujumi, Executive Director, Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), and a Member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday 8th, August 2017.
Executive Director JODER, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting copies of Training Manual on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari through the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters Mr. Babafemi Ojudu recently.