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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE ABUJA SUMMIT

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A 2-DAY SUMMIT ON PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION HELD IN ABUJA ON JUNE 14, 2017 AT DENIS HOTEL, WUSE 2, ABUJA.

BACKGROUND

Following the successful summit of various stakeholders drawn from the diverse social strata in the historic city, Kaduna, and considering the strategic place of Abuja, the seat of Nigerian government and the melting pot of people from among the over 300 ethnic groups;

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Here gathered are youth-driven organisations, social movements, labour, artisan leaders being delegates from various parts of Nigeria also representing various groupings, social, cultural and ethnic associations met in Abuja from 13 – 15 June, 2017 to deliberate on our future as a people;

We met at Abuja at the 2-day summit organized by Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) with the support of the Ford Foundation, West Africa Region;

The summit which was divided into two segments, (i) the opening ceremony which was declared by the Acting President, Prof ‘Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Political Affairs,  (ii) the summit proper which involved the training and the closed door sessions of leaders of ethnic and religious associations present;

Other dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony were the Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazau represented by Mr Ita Bassey, the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty, General represented by Mr Mologe, the Senate represented by among many other top government officials.

The summit, we admit has come at a very important time in the annals of Nigerian history, considering the nature and form of conflict which continues to make life uncomfortable for the entire citizenry;

The summit takes into consideration the various social relations, the background leading to the present seeming tempestuous nature of Nigeria, the history of the country and the nature and character of the crisis that have dominated the country for a very long time;

That crisis undermines economic and social advancement realizing that peaceful coexistence is desired by all Nigerians irrespective of religion, class distinction or ethnicity;

The participants identify the various types of conflict and their sources in Nigeria. Some of the identified major conflicts are;

  •  Conflict of economic survival arising in part, from the stiff competition for limited natural resources, poverty and lack of access to opportunities.
  •  Violent communal dispute arising competition for land and natural resources, grazing opportunities and pastoralism.
  • Ethnicity, disagreement over ownership of territories, dichotomy based on ethnic profiling and religious dispute
  • Religious extremism, terrorism and violent crimes

Some of the identified causes of conflict are:

  • Economic exclusion leading to the lack of access to the essentials of live.
  • Religious intolerance which spur violent conflict including suicide bombing.
  • Climate change which has crept into most of the Northern states with negative impact on food security. This has also led to mass movement of people from the Sahel to Nigeria.
  • Armed conflict in the Middle Belt and in the Margreb region which continue to fuel migration of desperate people displaced by the conflict to Abuja and its environs.
  • Environmental pollution and dislocation of human and natural resources in the Niger-Delta.

Observations

Delegates are aware of the current situation in Nigeria, that in spite of the return to democratic rule in 1999, the country though has recorded breath-taking achievements, but has remained fragile due to weak and vulnerable institutions.

Delegates observed that at present, the country is plagued by several other challenges including ethnic suspicion, dwindling moral values, violence, mutual distrust and other social vices that threaten peace and harmony in the country.

Participants identify immediate and long term threats to democracy and stability in Nigeria. One of the immediate threats is that in the past few weeks, the country has witnessed upsurge in hate speeches, ethnic profiling, unwarranted threats and total disregard for the culture of robust and healthy debate.

That the people on their own should not wait for government to be the only bridge builder or peace maker, but should rather organize themselves in to Peace Ambassadors through indigenous and people-driven initiatives towards sustainable livelihood in Nigeria.

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That the summit facilitated by JODER with the support of FORD FOUNDATION has come at the right time the fabric of unity and cooperation among Nigeria’s various social formations appear to be weak and defenseless.

That we the delegates speak have spoken with open-mind, with the conviction that the interaction will help in no small measure the representatives of various communities and organizations to understand and appreciate each other better towards fostering peace and understanding in Nigeria.

RESOLUTIONS

  • The delegates agree to explore the opportunity offered by the conference to create platforms in and among communities represented at the summit in Abuja for the peace, happiness and prosperity of the participating communities and by extension Nigeria at large.
  • In this regard, we the representatives hereby set up the Nigerian Working Group on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention. The group which is to be coordinated by JODER should also serve as a Rapid Response group to potential flash points of conflict across the country.
  • That JODER and FORD should facilitate periodic meetings between leaders of ethnic, religious and cultural groups with the hope of building new bridges of understanding and better cooperation among the relevant stakeholders in the country.
  • That the periodic meetings should also include representatives of the various government institutions including but not restricted to democratic institutions and the three tiers of government.

The Resolutions made this day of Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Abuja.

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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ISSUED AT THE KADUNA SUMMIT

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SUMMIT/TRAINING

on Promoting Peace, Democracy and Stability in Nigeria through the Media, Socio-Cultural Institutions and Youth-Driven Community Based Groups HELD AT De NEVILLA HOTEL, KADUNA ON JUNE 12 2017, BY JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS,(JODER) WITH THE SUPPORT OF FORD FOUNDATION, WEST AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE

 

INTRODUCTION

We representativesof various ethnic, cultural, religious and social formations met here in Kaduna for the utilitarian good of the diverse peoples of Northern Nigeria.

The summit combined with a Training programme in Kaduna on June 12, 2017 has participantsdrawn from largely youth leaders of community-based organisations, ethnic communities and associations, faith-based groups, government and representatives of democratic institutions and security organisations. The programme was declared open by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam El Rufai, represented by his Special Adviser, Mr. Samuel Aruwan.

Participants at the Kaduna Summit

The choice of Kaduna was by design, but has come to be a good coincidence given the history of Nigeria and the role the city has played as a major actor, since the 1966 military assault on democracy, and the far-reaching consequences on the political-economic and the social equilibrium on the North and on the entire country.

We observe and significantly so, that Kaduna was recently chosen by some youths, who had few weeks ago, ordered a section of the country to quit the Northern territories following perceived threats from an the activities of equally youth-driven organizations from the Southern part of the country.

We notice that, for the avoidance of doubt, the North has, in recent time, been plagued by different forms of conflict, religious, ethnic, social and political.

One of the most worrisome dimensions being the recurrence of extremism of different shades, killings, proliferation of small arms in the hands of non-state actors, violent conflict over grazing routes and the multi-national dimension of the conflict.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUMMIT/TRAINING

  • We the delegates express great enthusiasm about the timely Summit/Training in Kaduna at a critical period in Nigeria’s history.
  • Therefore, it was heart-warming that the representatives from different social, cultural and ethnic formations across the 19 states of the Nigerian federation, gathered here in Kaduna to deliberate on the future of the people of Northern Nigeria, out of our own free will, conviction and liberty.
  • For the one day Summit/Training, participants came from various parts of the country, the North East, North West and the Middle Belt representing the diverse rainbow of ethnic and cultural configuration in the Northern part of the country.
  • It is the first time in recent memory that people on their own volition have come together under a canopy that enjoys their full confidence and support.

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Observations

  • That Kaduna is the melting pot and the barometer that gauges the climate of the entire North given the city’s location, history and significance in the thousands of years of history that the people of Northern Nigeria had lived in their ancestral communities;
  • We the delegates observe that democracy remains the best possible system of government and that the country and the people of Northern Nigeria are better off under representative government during which the cornerstone of developments have been conceived,  recorded in many towns, cities and communities in Northern Nigeria;
  • That in spite of the advancement ushered by democracy, conflict which is a major cause of under development, poverty, hunger and backwardness have been common features in many parts of Northern Nigeria;
  • That we express deep excitement that the summit/training on peace building and conflict prevention is long overdue given the dynamics of human relations, the associated consequences of conflict in our various communities in parts of Northern Nigeria.
  • That at present, there are serious problems in the North which include but not restricted to extreme poverty, exclusion, women rights abuse, child trafficking, child labour and begging as a means of survival especially among school age children;
  • That the problems in the North have been accentuated by religious extremism, violent crimes and the upsurge in suicide bombings, using children as puns in some cases and also the dangerous consequences that have led, in part, to thousands of Internally Displaced People,(IDP);
  • That given the current fireworks among contending interests in Nigeria which have recently resulted to ethnic and religious profiling, landlordism, threats against each other by some youth driven organizations, the Kaduna summit is the first of its kind in recent memory that brought together the platform for contending interests to constructively engage each other;
  • That concerned about the negative consequences of the unfortunate developments on the peace and well being of Northern communities, the participants expressed great delight at the summit and the sponsor, Ford Foundation, which has brought the various contending parties face-to-face to explore the potentials of a people-driven solution to the myriad of problems confronting the people;
  • After extensive deliberations and the consequent training on conflict management included as part of the programme, participants make the following declarations;

OUR DECLARATION

  • That the various social formations, ethnic groups and religious groupings in Northern Nigeria have lived together for centuries, and in time past had various degrees of conflict many of which they resolved using indigenous knowledge through their traditional representatives. We affirm that this striking examples in our communities are still possible to explore today;
  • That local communities resolving their own differences, will to a very large extent, complement many other efforts, including but not narrowed to government efforts;
  • Dialogue, constructive engagement, peace and stability are key pillars of democracy and sustainable development in Nigeria. We realize this and commit ourselves to the grand principles.
  • That since 2009, the Northern parts of the country have witnessed unprecedented killings, murder, inter-ethnic calamities, low scale armed conflict in the middle-belt and extremism in the North East of the country but unfortunately, efforts at healing the festering wounds have not been complemented with people’s affirmative action, even though these crises have taken and continue to reap high human and material toll on the peace loving people of Northern Nigeria.
  • Aware that the North is complex in terms of the ethnic, religious, cultural and social configuration and that the demonstrated lack of institutional capacity to effectively manage this cobweb of relations negatively affects the peace, stability and wellbeing of the people of the North.

 

  • Thatwe the representatives of the various social formations in Northern Nigeria are committed to stop these unfortunate incidences which have led to the death of no fewer than 10,000 people many of them women and children. We regret that during these unfortunate incidences, families have been displaced or separated, children killed, homes razed spurring a high number of internally displaced peoples (IDP) in some parts of Northern Nigeria.
  • That we now, more than ever before agree as indigenous peoples to explore the opportunity offered by this summit to sit down together out of our own volition to debate the future of our people and the prospect of peace in our territories in which we had lived for centuries.
  • We strongly affirm that irrespective of the numerous conflicts in some parts of northern Nigeria, peace is achievable through this current FORD supported initiative, and as kick-started by the Kaduna Declaration. In this direction, we are now more committed to fair-minded and constructive engagement of ourselves either through our own initiatives or fostered by a credible third party.
  • That we representatives present here commit ourselves to promoting peace, understanding and solidarity among ourselves and in our various communities.
  • That we shall explore the possibility of organizing among ourselves consultations, meetings, towards meaningful engagement so as to promote peace and understanding in our communities and among our various associations.
  • We affirm that that the people are central to any peace-building effort. All efforts aimed at peace building will only succeed if the people are the critical stake holders. In this respect, we as representatives, will encourage diverse groups in Northern Nigeria to work together, strengthen new bond of relationship for the peace and wellbeing of the people and our homeland.
  • That government and relevant institutions should develop the framework for the constructive engagement of youth groups in Northern Nigeria in a fair, honest manner devoid of partisan politics.
  • We express worry that that the current situation in Nigeria calls for grave concern. We commit ourselves to ensuring that the various antagonistic interests who have issued threats and counter threats be brought to a roundtable for peaceful resolution of all grievances so as to avoid avoidable conflict and bloodshed in Nigeria.
  • We resolved to collectively further engage the governments of the 19 Northern States to encourage them to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission to address the grievances of ethnic and religious groups as a matter of urgency.
  • We affirm that poverty, hunger and joblessness have contributed immensely to the emerging culture of fierce armed conflict, extremism, intolerance and restlessness. That the governments of the 19 states of the North should as a matter of urgency set up a Social Security system, drawn from a certain percentage of the yearly budgets, to tackle the problem of extreme poverty in Northern states.
  • That we are worried about the proliferation of arms in the hands of non-state actors and that the 19 state governments should urgently work with the Federal Government so as to mop up illicit arms for the good of our communities.
  • We commit ourselves to promote periodic meetings among ourselves while expressing profound appreciation to Ford Foundation and JODER for this amazing project.

THIS DECLARATION WE MAKE THIS DAY, JUNE 12 2017 IN KADUNA.

 

 

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PICTURES OF THE TRAINING ON REPORTING DIVERSITY

Pictures of the training on reporting diversity for both media and electronic media on Monday June 5th, 2017 at Elomaz Hotel Maryland, Lagos. Organised by JODER facilitated by Ford Foundation.

Dr. Akintunde Akanni, the Resource Person at the Reporting Diversity training for journalists

Dr. Akintunde Akanni, the Resource Person at the Reporting Diversity training for journalists

 

MR Adewale Adeoye, ED, JODER, giving the opening address

MR Adewale Adeoye, ED, JODER, giving the opening address

 

Participants at the training of journalists

Participants at the training of journalists

 

Participants at the training

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BOOK REVIEW

PUBLICATION REVIEW

Title of publication:
SOLUTION-DRIVEN RURAL POVERTY REPORTING INITIATIVE
Summary of highlights and outcomes of IPC’s solution driven/poverty reporting project in Nigeria

Author: International Press Centre (IPC) with the support of World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)

No of pages: 24

Reviewer: Adewale Adeoye, Executive Director, JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

I wish to commend the International Press Centre, (IPC) for this piece of art and also the World Association For Christian Communication for supporting IPC in carrying out the project implementation, whose summary outcome makes up the content of this publication. Documenting this as an outcome of their work on how media and grass root collaboration can engender development, especially addressing rural poverty conditions at the grass roots serves as a valuable asset for posterity. All over the world, what moves nations and people from stupor to greatness is ideas. This publication is another major contribution to the world of form. The world will run out of energy the day ideas are no more.
This small but significant publication represents a critical engagement of the media’s role in reflecting the echoes from the valleys. I suspect the IPC took the challenge up owing to the declining fortunes of the Nigerian media in meeting public expectations and being the platform for all interests.
Over the years, the Nigerian media has witnessed its worst decline. News stories have come to reflect only the wishes and aspirations of the rich and influential. Newspaper and electronic media have come to portray more of the interests of the few. The travails, pains and pangs of the poor, the downtrodden, the marginalized majority are left unattended to. Even when stories of poverty are reported, the media only scratch the surface. Pictures about poverty follow the trend of opportunism instead of raising critical issues of underdevelopment.
The book has come to challenge this tradition by providing a new guideline that should lead to a paradigm shift.
The publication emphasizes the fact that journalism is not a property of the rich to be manipulated to the disadvantage of the people. It teaches us that the grundnorm of journalism must not be thrown into the thrashbin, that the founding principle of mass communication is to give a voice to the people, not alone to their leaders, who sometimes are also their tormentors alone.
The publication may be small but the frame of mind is huge and inexhaustible. It redefines the current role of the Nigerian media by making a conscious attempt to draw back the missing sheep. The publication captures the strategic role that the media can play in advancing the cause of the people at the lowest ladder of the ladder. Inspite of the fact that the poor do not have the purchasing power, but their expectations, their fears and aspirations must be projected.
This publication demonstrates IPC’s prominent lead in media capacity building which has enabled the institution to enhance public interest reporting. The book is a 24 page summary of media enhanced community led activities built around solution-driven rural poverty reporting initiative which focuses on Advancing the development issues of 8 Grassroots Communities in Lagos.
The publication summed up a series of engagement on how the media was instrumental in capturing the pains, frustrations and concerns of rural settings, and providing the edge to facilitating organs of government to meet the development needs of the eight pilot grass root communities in Lagos State
The report also provides information on the state of infrastructure in rural Lagos communities. It enriches the ability of journalists to report diversity issues involved in a class driven political economy.
One of the most striking aspects was to bring rural communities to interact with journalists. Journalists after training also conducted visits to communities between November 2015 and April 2016.
During the engagement, efforts were made to draw government attention to specific challenges of rural communities, leading to the achievement of certain milestones. For instance, the construction of poor roads at the Bolaji Omupo, Bashoa CDA in Somolu Local Government, the rehabilitation of Obele Odan community Primary School in Obele Oniwahala, Surulere and the construction of a major link road into Erejuwa community in makoko area of Lagos Mainland Local Government are striking examples. The project also involved empowering community representative to write of letters to local government administrators between March and October 2016 on the plight of affected communities, meeting local administrators and coming up with concrete solutions that address the needs of the people.
It is a great attempt at merging the wide gap between ordinary people and the men and women who control commerce, politics and economy. It gives a narrative that redirects our energy to the core tenets of journalism. It shows clearly the strong and inseparable link between sustainable development and journalism when practiced according to its traditional values and norms.
The publication of this book should not end in a room. It must not end on the table. It should be on the streets, in the news rooms, on the desk of every reporter and editor across Nigeria and throughout the West African sub-region.
I commend the IPC for this amazing contribution to development journalism. The publication is handy, easy to digest and produced in simple language that everyone should understand.
The other aspect is how do we transform this document into a working tool in the newsrooms? How do journalists adopt the recommendations in this book as a working document? What strategies have been adopted by the IPC to sustain the momentum that has been built with this project. What other roles can government, funders and development partners play in supporting initiatives like this to address the development of grass root communities?

I believe the IPC could do more in terms of the graphics of the book. I am also not sure of the percentage of print media especially radio that took part in the project.
In all, this is a great piece, a master piece, a clear example of how the IPC has continued to play roles in advancing the role of the media in development in Nigeria and West Africa in terms of capacity building and the commendable effort of creating a permanent synergy between journalism and sustainable development in an obviously tough environment.

THANK YOU.

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DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH-SOUTH

DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH-SOUTH AFTER A ONE DAY TRAINING ON  CAPACITY BUILDING, CONFLICT PREVENTION, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE BUILDING ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, (JODER) WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FORD FOUNDATION (WEST AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE),  HELD AT ALDAGATE CONGRESS HOTEL, PORT HARCOURT ON JULY 07, 2016

 

INTRODUCTION

The training programme was organized by JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (JODER) with the support of the FORD FOUNDATION. The theme: Promoting Peace, Democracy and Stability in Nigeria through the Media, Socio-Cultural Institutions and Youth Driven Community Based Groups.

The Mission: Strengthen a people-driven process for conflict prevention, conflict management and peace-building in the Niger-Delta

Training targets: Primary and Secondary Beneficiaries cutting across Faith-based groups, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), Women Groups, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), security agencies, youth groups, organised labour and informal sector. Participants at the training programme include representatives of various ethnic groups like Ijaw, Isoko, Ikwerre, Ndoni, Ogoni, Urhobo, Efik, Ibibio and Itsekiri as well as non-indigenes in the Niger Delta amongst others.

 

 

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BACKGROUND

The Niger-Delta is home to indigenous ethnic groups that have lived in their territories for thousands of years. The Niger-Delta is a great ancestral homeland of several forest dependent peoples with a rich heritage of amazing culture and civilisations. The Niger-Delta is by far the second largest mangrove forest in the world, rich in natural resources, including but not limited to land and sea animals, the fauna, and hundreds of plant species which add value to the diverse tributaries and estuaries linking the vast ocean and the great Nun and Niger Rivers.

The Niger Delta has no fewer than 16 distinct ethnic nationalities with history of shared heritage and cultural identities including social and trade relations long before the advent of colonial rule. As with any other natural settings, there were history of conflicts and strives amongst the nationalities but the Niger-Delta however remains one of the most critical nerve centres of the Nigerian economy owing to its rich natural endowment and the resourcefulness of the people.

To a large extent, the social and economic activities of the nationalities that make up the Niger-Delta are linked to the environment which supports the survival of the people who depend on livelihood tied to land and forest resources.

For half a century, the people of the Niger-Delta specifically have been facing various challenges to their survival due to adverse factors including environmental pollution, gas faring, disruptive oil exploration, lack of opportunities, the national malaise of corruption, forest devastation, depletion of sea and land resources and gas flaring.

The Niger-Delta produces the mainstay of Nigerian economy which is oil, whereas there have not been equitable sharing or allocation of these resources which remains a major source of conflict in the area;

 

DELIBERATION

Participants noted:

That the forest reserve of the Niger-Delta has remained largely depleted and at present to an all time low with land and sea polluted, natural streams almost extinct, and means of living under sever attacks posing threats to generations unborn;

That previous efforts of relevant stakeholders at various levels to address the situation have not led to appreciable results in spite of the huge resources committed to the processes.

That such efforts include the introduction of the 13 percent revenue derivation, the setting up of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and the recent adoption of the United Nations Environmental Programme, (UNEP) report which the Nigerian Federal Government has promised to implement, leading to the  recent kick-off of the Ogoni clean-up exercise.

Regrettably however, participants noted that the Niger-Delta narrative has seen consistent stories of violence, desperation and various vices associated with legitimate agitations of the people;

That irrespective of the various efforts of the relevant stakeholders, the Niger-Delta remains fundamentally poor, vulnerable, with limited opportunities for the people to transform their lives in their own way through self actualisation;

That notwithstanding, participants recognise the infinite ability of the people of the Niger-Delta to aspire to a greater future founded on justice, liberty and respect for the dignity of the human person;

That peace and harmonious co-existence are essential to sustainable development in the entire region.

 

RESOLUTIONS

Towards achieving peace and sustainable development in the Niger-Delta, participants make the following resolutions:

  • Participants demand deliberate urgent attention and actions in addressing the growing poverty rate, growing number of out-of-school children due largely to poverty and economic misery, disruption of oil pipelines and the emergence of various groups making one agitation or the other;
  • Participants demand immediate cessation to all forms of violence in the Niger-Delta and that critical stakeholders should embrace peaceful resolution of all the lingering crises in the region through peaceful advocacy and necessary follow-up action;
  • Participants condemn the invasion of indigenous Ijaw and other Niger Delta Communities by armed security agents and frown against the gross human rights violations against the people by the military and other security agents;
  • Participants noted that there is the urgent need to resolve the crises in the Niger-Delta region in a honest, transparent and open manner with the aim of addressing the fears of the communities, the authorities, the multinationals and business community as well as the agitators themselves;
  • That the ongoing clean-up exercise in Ogoni should be extended to other lands polluted in the Niger Delta as soon as such plans are feasible.
  • Participants resolve to set up a Working Group on the Niger-Delta to constantly bring community leaders and civil society organisations together towards finding a people-driven solution to the problems of the Niger-Delta;
  • Participants call on all stakeholders not to undermine the Right to Self-Determination as entrenched in the United Nations (UN) Charter and other obligations of the UN on the rights of Indigenous peoples including the International Labour Organisation, (ILO) Convention 169 on Biological Diversity.
  • Participants demand speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the 8th Session of the National Assembly.
  • Participants call on the government, communities and other stakeholders in the Niger-Delta to explore the potentials of working together, remove suspicion and mutual distrust in other to deal with the hydra-headed problems that confront the people of the oil producing communities.

SIGNED

PARTICIPANTS

 

Dimkpa Emmanuel Princewill.  Vice National Chairman South-South, Nigeria Youth-Assembly.

Fortune Alfred

Raphael Obaze

Styun Oboiloekwe

Oguntuase Akin Micheal

Uzoma Esther A.

Yahaya Abraham D.

Patterson Ogon

Toinpre Alabo

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUES AT THE END OF THE ENUGU CONFERENCE

Communiqué issued at the end of a Training/Workshop organised by the JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, (JODER) with the support of the FORD FOUNDATION on Promoting Peace, Democracy and Stability in Nigeria through the Media, Socio-Cultural institutions and Youth Driven Community-Based Groups after the one-day event held at Bridge Waters Hotel, Garden Avenue, Enugu on July 4, 2016

 

Background

Participants drawn from socio-cultural groups, the media and professional organisations covering the entire South East of Nigeria in Enugu on July 04, 2016.

Observations and deliberations by participants

  • Delegates expressed delight at any people-driven peace-building mechanism necessary for the upliftment of the people from their state of fear and despair.
  • That Nigeria is a potentially great country. The country needs peace and understanding for her to be able to overcome the incessant forms of conflict that have been the source of the country’s underdevelopment.
  • Participants regret that since Nigeria’s independence, conflict and instability have been some of the major obstacles to national rebirth.
  • That Nigeria faces challenges of corruption, poverty, human rights abuse, violent crimes all of which undermine the prospect for peace and development.

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  • That these crises unfortunately were partly responsible for the avoidable civil war (1967-1970) which led to the loss of millions of human lives.
  • That since Nigeria emerged as a country, ethnic suspicion, violence and social disequilibrium have been recurrent dots on the country’s landscape.
  • Despite the various democratic experiences of the country, the sources of conflict which threaten stability and co-existence remain largely unchallenged.
  • That democracy remains the best option for the people in meeting their aspirations.
  • That election in Nigeria has always been associated with post-election violence, which in the past had bred unspeakable retrogression in the country.
  • That the training has brought hope and has improved the skill and understanding of the participants in dealing with challenge of conflict and peace building.

FURTHER DELIBERATIONS

  • That conflict is a natural element in human existence and that conflicts are man-made and could be resolved by mankind out of freewill and good choice.
  • That participants are concerned about the state of the nation and the emergence of several pro-ethnic groups some of whose activities continue to generate deep concern among Nigerians.
  • Participants are concerned about the current violent dimension that the engagements of the authorities have taken and call for peaceful resolution of all forms of disagreements.
  • Concerned that irrespective of the state of affairs in the country, the people on their own can drive a genuine peace process;
  • That participants are concerned about the spate of violence in the form of herdsmen attacks, the killings in NIMBO, the massacre of innocent unarmed demonstrators in the South East and call for restrain on the side of all stakeholders.
  • Realizing that no country can develop in the presence of conflict, constant friction, religious and ethnic bigotry,

 the delegates hereby resolve as follows:

  • That the various sources of conflict in Nigeria can be prevented between contending parties irrespective of its nature and form.
  • That peace and stability are necessary for livelihood and A crisis- free ethnic relationship in Nigeria.
  • That participants will work towards building a new bridge of understanding for peace among Nigeria’s social and cultural formations.
  • Participants will create and nurture a new, lasting bridge of mutual respect between the people of the South East and their counterparts in the South west and other parts of the country.
  • Participants agree to establish a new network of the people in the South West and South East for the peace and well-being of the indigenous peoples in these territories.
  • Participants commit themselves to peaceful resolution of any and all forms of conflict for the wellbeing of the people. The delegates also call for an end to all forms of violence either perpetrated by groups, individuals or by the state.
  • Participants strongly condemn the killings in NIMBO, the violence unleashed on a peaceful and innocent community.
  • That the relevant authorities should have respect for local and international legal instruments that promote the rights of indigenous people and should employ legal and constitutional means in resolving lingering forms of conflict confronting in the South East region.
  • That the perpetrators of violence in NIMBO and other parts of the South East must be brought to face the full weight of the law.
  • That all those arrested during the recent protests in the Eastern part of the country should either be released or be charged to court with due process being employed in their trial according to the constitution and other relevant international laws and standards.

SIGNED

PARTICIPANTS

Chief A.E. Okobi,
Olu Omotayo

Micheal Odiegwu

Hon. Mrs Vero Udeh

Obasi Elobuike

Ejimadu Chinonso

Onuoha Ifeoma

Olisa Echukwu

Amechi Echukwu Chief

Christopher Ukeogbu

Ike Nwalunor

 

 

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Advocacy Visit

 

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Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) advocacy visit to the palace of HRH Tony Ojukwu, the Igwe of Ogui Nike in Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State, alongside Resource persons and participant at the Peace Building, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management summit organized by JODER with support from Ford Foundation.

 

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Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) advocacy visit to the palace of HRH Tony Ojukwu, the Igwe of Ogui Nike in Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State, alongside Resource persons and participant at the Peace Building, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management summit organized by JODER with support from Ford Foundation.

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JODER officials in a group photograph with Nimbo Community leaders in Enugu during JODERs advocacy visit to the town.

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JODER officials in a group photograph with Nimbo Community leaders in Enugu during JODERs advocacy visit to the town.

 

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JODER officials speaking to the Balogun Spare Parts Dealers, Ikeja, Lagos.

 

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L-R; REUBEN BUHARI, LEADER SOKAPU; JODER ED, ADEWALE ADEOYE; ALH BALARABE MUSA, FORMER KADUNA STATE GOVERNOR; FRANCIS ABAYOMI, ED PEDEP AND AKINWALE KASALI, JODER ASST. PROGRAMME OFFICER IN A ADVOCACY VISIT TO ALH MUSA’S HOUSE

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