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Peace Corps Plans for stopping Southern Kaduna Killings

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The National Commandant of the National Unity and Peace Corps, Dr. Chinedu Nneji, has said his organisation will soon deploy its operatives to Southern Kaduna to find solution to the killings in the area.

The objective of the deployment, he said, was to encourage dialogue between the parties as part of measures to stop the violence in the area, which had reportedly claimed about 900 lives.

Speaking during a visit to the ThePlatform Newspapers in Abuja, Nneji said the Peace Corps planned to launch a programme tagged ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ with the sole aim of stimulating dialogue at all crisis zones across the country.

The commandant observed that Nigerians hardly employed dialogue to resolve crisis, describing negotiation as a powerful tool that could be used to resolve any issue no matter how contentious.

He pointed out that government usually set up judicial panels of inquiries which never addressed the root causes of crises, noting that panels’ recommendations were not often implemented.

He said, “If you look at it very well, there has not been any crisis that has erupted in Nigeria that dialogue is used, that is why we are experiencing all these killings all the time and at the end of the day public enquiry will hold and no issue will be resolved and after some time it will come up again.

“As part of our peace campaign, we would be deploying personnel to Southern Kaduna and other flashpoints to encourage dialogue and put an end to violence and blood-letting in the country.”

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Nneji appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Peace Corps Bill as passed by the National Assembly, stressing that most of the organisation’s programmes could not be implemented without the bill.

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