Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, the Etsu Nupe and Emir of Bida, in Niger State, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Orodje of Okpe, Orhue 1, the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass in Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff have harped on the need for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of their tribe and religion.
Speaker Oborevwori and the monarchs made the call at Ugolo-Okpe in Okpe local government area of Delta state during the unveiling of Africa for Peace Centre and groundbreaking ceremony of African Heritage International Academy.
The speaker while declaring that Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, is doing a lot to better the living conditions of people in the state, commended the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) for its continued pursuit of peaceful co-existence and called on Deltans to sustain the prevailing peace in the state.
According to the speaker: “I want to commend the coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, for his efforts towards peace. We should all key into the peace initiative efforts of CEPEJ. I am happy that this programme is taking place in my constituency. This is my second time of coming here and when I saw the gigantic project he had put in this place, I know that he is a man that is very articulate and focused. Apart from the efforts of the security agencies, the people of Gbaramatu kingdom where Comrade Mulade is from have also contributed to the peace we are enjoying today in Delta state”.
The Chairman of Niger State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Alhaji Abubakar, while commending CEPEJ for advocating as well as standing firm for peace and conflict resolution, prayed God to give Nigerians the spirit to tolerate one another.
The Orodje of Okpe, Orhue 1 and the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass in Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff spoke in the same vein.
Earlier, the National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, noted that when the new African Heritage Academy International which CEPEJ is building comes on board, it will help young people get actively involved in the process of regional transformation.
He said: “The office complex which we call The Africa for Peace Centre that we are unveiling today is specially built to accommodate our NGO- the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ). It is a non-religious and non-political civil society organization that has become, since inception, the foremost, authentic, credible and well accepted national and international organization for peace and environmental best practices.
“CEPEJ is committed to actively working to promote peace, effective security and environmental institution that collaborate with government, ministries, agencies as well as private organizations, to adopt and implement non-violent means of conflict resolution.
“CEPEJ is in a hurry to invest in institutions and people. We strongly believe that young people should be involved in the process of regional transformation as they are key elements in achieving sustainable development,” he stated.
Comrade Mulade commended Apex Environmental Consultants Limited, Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation, EGCDF, Partnership Initiative for Niger Delta, PIND and Chevron Nigeria Limited for their support.
Other speakers at the event include representatives of Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria, Louis Edward of British High Commission, Abuja, the Director, Centre for Foundation Studies, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State and the Edo State Government representatives.