By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Co-ordinator, Justice, Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) Kaduna Archdiocese, Reverend Father Joshua Yima Achir has affirmed that the business of peace and the promotion of the right to human peace are the responsibility of all not the work of government or security agents alone.
He made the affirmation during his welcome address, delivered at the commemoration of the International Peace Day and the Flag-Off of Young Ambassadors for Peace (Ya4p) held at the Catholic Social Centre Independence Way, Kaduna on 2nd of October, 2018 with the theme “The Right to Peace: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.
According to him, parts of the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly among others; is that the peoples of the Planet have a sacred right to peace, that the preservation of the right of peoples to peace and the promotion of its implementation constitute a fundamental obligation of each State.
“I welcome you all to this year’s commemoration of the United Nations International Peace Day Cum Flag-off of the Young Ambassadors for Peace (YA4P).
“The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Right to Peace: the Universal declaration of human rights at 70.” The International Peace Day is celebrated across the globe every 21st September, but for the reasons why we are here, we chose today 2nd October to mark this day.
“You will observe that here in the hall we have pupils, students of Secondary Schools, and student of higher institutions, National Youth Service Corps, Civil Society Organizations, Partners and Collaborators in Peace building business, the Media” Rev. Fr. Achir said.
The Catholic Clergy was of the opinion that older Nigerians have tried to promote peace, pointing out that if students in different schools are made young Ambassadors for Peace from the grassroots, it would go a long way to ensure peace is sustained in the country.
“You would discovered that we have been having problems and difficulties talking about peace because we as the adults are fading away and because we are fading away, the young ones will become like us tomorrow and so, we feel that if we can inculcate in them the values of peace, let them know that every human being have dignity, values and every human have right to peace. I think it would go a long way.
“In the schools and among their pears, they would be able to influence them, so that they themselves can advocate for the course of peace.
“This is the more reason we have gathered the young school students so that they will known that there is something like peace and there is need to preach peace because that is the only way we can development and advance the course of human life in the society” He added.
The JDPC Co-ordinator therefore informed that if the young ones know about peace, work and promote peace today, Nigeria’s tomorrow will be better than today.