This Day marks the anniversary of Nigeria’s declaration as a sovereign state breaking off from British rule on the 1st of October 1960.
The Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) congratulates the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and the entire citizenry of the nation as a whole on her 59th Independence Day celebration. This Day marks the anniversary of Nigeria’s declaration as a sovereign state breaking off from British rule on the 1st of October 1960.
Nigeria, despite her large cultural diversity and huge resources of different types, since her Independence, 59 years ago, has been faced almost incessantly with issues that challenge her peace and security. From the Biafran war that ended the lives of about a million of her citizens to the current Boko Haram insurgency, farmers-herders clashes, kidnapping and all sorts across the Federation.
Violence in different parts of the country has posed a threat to the lives of the citizens and therefore to the progress of Nigeria. In the Northern parts of the country, many have been displaced; a lot of people have lost members of their families and their businesses to insurgencies and several attacks from Boko Haram terrorists and farmers-herders clashes. These violent acts threaten to the continued existence of the country.
In combating these challenges, there is a need for more robust interactions between the government, civil society leaders and the people. Security Communication is a vital tool that can help to restore peace to the troubled parts of the federation. It can be used as a tool to propagate messages that will help in preventing violence.
Proper, appropriate and timely Security Communications is key to tackling violence and security challenges in all regards. Improvement in technological innovations can assist in the flow of information and this can make it easier and quicker to reach more of the population of the country with appropriate messaging.
Beyond the celebrations, on this Day of commemorating Nigeria’s Independence, Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) admonishes that the Government and Stakeholders use security communications as an effective tool to control crisis, monitor conflicts, protect civilians and communities, build state activities and peacebuilding, in order to lead Nigeria in the direction of its full potentials.