It is traditional to commemorate world peace day around the globe. The peace day was declared 70 years ago to be celebrated every 21st of September.
Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, a non-governmental civil society organization found it worthy to also contribute her quota by sensitizing the masses on the need to embrace peace.
CEPEJ team was at Minna, Niger State capital, to mark 2018 World Peace Day in collaboration with other civil society organizations, coordinated by Development Initiatives of West Africa (DIWA) amongst others.
The peace ambassadors kick started the walk from Mobil Filling Station roundabout through Obasanjo Complex, Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar Way to Government House Minna with full participation of over seventeen civil society organizations, pupils and students from various schools.
The team led by CEPEJ’s national coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, arrived Niger state government house and was well received by the Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Ibrahim Isa Ladan, commissioner for environment, Idris Jibril Amin, and the permanent secretary government house, Mrs. Hagiya Safiya Bawa
Comrade Sheriff Mulade while delivering his speech at government house, commended the civil society organizations for the turnout en-masse to contribute and support government’s efforts to make the day a remarkable one.
He expressed his undiluted and sincere appreciation to the Niger state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, for his environmental friendliness, security and advocacy for peaceful co-existence.
The CEPEJ coordinator also seized the opportunity to notify the governor of the 9th annual international conference slated for 6th November, 2018 at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Centre, Government House, Minna and then presented the organization’s newsletter and invitation card to the SSG, Alhaji Ibrahim Isa Ladan.
In his response, the SSG, Alhaji Ibrahim Isa Ladan commended CEPEJ and other CSOs for their efforts especially Comrade Sheriff Mulade for coordinating and mobilizing Nigerlites for this year’s world peace day, and equally charged and implored the youths to emulate Comrade Mulade as an advocate of peace.
He announced the government’s determination towards providing adequate security, environmental sustainability and peaceful coexistence and assured of the State government’s commitment towards achieving a successful CEPEJ conference.