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2018 World Peace Day: Peace is possible, says C'river P4P coordinator

| 21st September 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

As the world celebrate the world peace day today 21st September an NGO in Cross River State known as Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta (P4P) also joined the rest of the world in observing the day with a peace advocacy/sensitisation talk held at Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State.  

The event which had several persons in attendance including the community Youth leader and his secretary, students of Community Secondary School Ikot Ewa and a large crowd from the community witness many signing up for peace as they all pledged to stand for peace in all their endeavors in life. 

Delivering his speech at the event,  the state coordinator, Dr. Moses Abang said peace is possible to attain in any given enviroment, while reemphasising that peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to manage crisis. 

Dr.  Abang told the teeming crowd that it is very possible for them to attain peace in their community and that P4P has come to help as well as show them ways of living in peace as they are now peace ambassadors .  

"For us in partners for peace, our objectives is to be peace actors, to promote peace and that's exactly why we are here today and because you are here you are already a peace ambassador. 

"We are not saying there won't be crisis, peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to manage conflict. For you students, in your school there are certain things you shouldn't do so as to avoid crisis, I believe you know those things,  things like cult activities, what do you do, you avoid them so that some other person won't get hurt because when pealople are hut it means we are not preaching peace but conflict.

"When there's a land dipute between two communities as peace ambassadors we are supposed to ensure it doesn't escalate. Dr. Abang admonished. 

The Youth Leader of the community led his secretary and other members of the community to embrace Partners for Peace into the community as they promise to ensure P4P chapter is planted in Akpabuyo. On the other hand the students agreed to establish the student arm of P4P known as Peace Club in their school. 

Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN