The Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku has said that Nigeria remains committed to contributing to global peace, despite the security challenges in some parts of the country.
Maku made the remarks in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Global Peace Foundation on a courtesy visit.
The Minister said, Nigeria has been bearing the burden of maintaining peace, especially in West Africa, which significantly stabilised peace and security as well as democratic governance in the sub-region.
“We must also use the conference to emphasise the fact that far more than any developing country and even more than many advanced countries, Nigeria has contributed to global peace keeping in maintaining the peace around the world. Even now as we face our own challenges, our troops are all over the world maintaining peace and stability in many countries of the world,” he said.
Mr. Maku remarked that because of its disposition to peace, Nigeria has always resolved disputes with its neighbours amicably in keeping with international treaties and conventions to achieve peace and security.
“We have always resolved our problems peacefully with our neighbours, even when we have territorial disagreement with Cameroun. Nigeria is the only major country in spite of its size, decided to subject itself to the ruling of the International Court of Justice on border dispute with Cameroun. There are several other countries that don’t even recognise the rulings of the United Nations International Court of Justice when it comes to extra-territorial claims,” he stated.
The Minister therefore, described Nigeria as a model for peace among nations of the world, which committed its resources and personnel to championing global peace.
Mr. Maku observed that the question of peace has never been relevant more, than now when many countries across the globe are embroiled in crises, and in some instances terrorism which has become a global challenge.
He then called for permanent efforts by individuals and organisations to maintain peace within nations as well as the promote peace in the communities for harmonious co-existence.
The Minister said, this became necessary because the cost of violence is too high with severe consequences on the economy and life and property.
Mr. Maku then pledged the support of the Federal Ministry of Information towards the forthcoming Global Peace Leadership Conference and Festival being organised by the Global Peace Foundation in Abuja.
While speaking earlier, the Country Director of the Global Peace Foundation, Mr. John Okoh said contrary to media reports, Nigeria remains peaceful, which informed the choice of the country to host the Global Peace Leadership Conference and Festival in November 2013.
He therefore, solicited the collaboration of the Federal Ministry of Information towards the conference to showcase and promote peace in the country and the world.
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