The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI) Prof. Isaac Adewole, has charged political leaders across Africa to emulate the tolerance exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari,former President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians in the last general elections. Prof. Adewole stated this yesterday while speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Conference and General Assembly organised by the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) at the Trenchard Hall, UI,Ibadan,the Oyo State capital.
The vice-chancellor stressed that the tolerance displayed by former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari in the general election was worth emulating, adding that such was not the case in some African countries. “The effort of societies like the SPSP and other civil societies should be geared towards the propagation of democratic ideals and political tolerance. We should also not relent in preaching peace across the world,’’ he said.
In his submission, the Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Williams Awinador- Kanyirige,disclosed that the other African countries were surprised by the rancour-free election held in Nigeria. Awinador-Kanyirige, who said that corruption erupted from the home and institutions challenged the civil societies to be more committed to sustainable development. “We need knowledge-based approach to the current peace process,’’ he emphasized.
In a remark, former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, who narrated how the dreaded sect,Boko Haram, insurgence was forced out of Niger, urged the people to support government in its fight against insurgence. Aliyu, who was represented by Prof. Yahya Aliyu, urged the Federal Government to be more committed to wiping away insurgence in the country. The programme was attended by eminent personalities. Among whom were Prof. Oshita Oshita, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, and a host of others.