By ABUBAKAR YUNUSA, ABUJA
Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Head of Mission-Nigeria, International Peace Commission (IPC)Amb. Hussaini Coomassie has charged Nigerians to shun any form of violence and promote peaceful coexistence amongst themselves and focus on improving sustainable development.
This as even he said As the 2023 general elections campaigns are ongoing, I will advise all the political parties to guard their utterances to avoid creating unnecessary tension by way of incitement
He said security is everybody’s business and we cannot afford to toy with it. I know President Mohammadu Buhari has been working tirelessly in making sure he brings back peace and security to affected areas.
Addressing journalists in its maiden press conference in Abuja, yesterday, he said “Since my appointment, I have been having consultations with stakeholders locally and internationally to implement the mandates of IPC.
According to him, IPC under my leadership will work hard to promote peace in Nigeria saying that it’s time to dialogue with all those that are ready to lay down arms and embrace peace.
In his words: “We are calling on the Federal Government to equally look deep into issues that are responsible for individuals and groups taking
up arms to wage war against the state.
“This is pertinent to create an enabling environment for youth restiveness to be addressed for peace to reign in every part of the country and to avoid future occurrences.
“As an organ of the United Nations, we want to tell Nigerians to shun violence and promote peaceful coexistence amongst themselves and focus on improving sustainable development.
“We are one great indivisible people with a strong diverse heritage. That’s why we must come out en mass and elect credible people come 2023 to meet the yearnings of the people.
He said the president should keep trying his best not to hand over an unsecured country to the incoming administration.
“As the leader of IPC in Nigeria, I want to see the president put more efforts into resolving security challenges and bring to book any individual or organizations, no matter how highly placed, found culpable in sponsoring or promoting insecurity in the country.
Speaking on the rumors circulating on social media alleging that the Federal Government is contemplating
on scraping the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), he said “It is not inappropriate to consider the removal of the program at this