Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the United Nations’ Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon have decried increasing rate of conflicts and terrorism across the world. They spoke at a ceremony organized by the Lagos State Government in partnership with the United Nations to flag-off the Walk for peace programme held in the state. They called for peaceful coexistence among residents irrespective of religion and nativity.
The UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon who was represented by the UN Programme officer Mr. Roland Kadanja, noted that this year’s international Day of peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. “Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that travail. “I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observer a global ceasefire.
To them I say , stop the killings and the destruction, create space for lasting peace. “There is no group more poise to help this dream than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before. I urge all government to make greater investments in realizing the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peace builders. “At the same time, we need to mobilize all partners who share the goal of peace.
Non- governmental organisations, faith based groups and corporations all have a role to play in fostering social progress, protecting the environment and creating a more just , stable and peaceful world. The value of this collaboration is our theme for the day: Partnership For Peace-Dignity For All.”
– Emmanuel Ukudolo