The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolutions (IPCR) sues for peace in Borno state and other parts of Nigeria experiencing insecurity.The Director General of the Institute Dr. Bakut T. Bakut made the appealed in Abuja on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020. He said that killing of innocent citizens especially farmers would amount to double jeopardy considering the strategic importance of farmers in food production and socioeconomic development of the Nigeria state. The Director-General noted with regrets that an attack on farmers is tantamount to attack on agricultural/food production which invariably results in sabotaging the federal government agricultural policy that aims at making Nigeria a food sufficient nation in Africa. He warned that if this trend of dastardly act continued, it will scare farmers from farming and the ripple effect will be on food insecurity, malnutrition, and heighten conflicts across the agricultural zones of the country. Bakut further explained that no country can develop in an atmosphere of crisis, animosity and intolerance. Nigeria is no exception therefore all citizens should be sensitive to the multicultural diversity of Nigeria federation and respect the rights of citizens irrespective of their status. The DG pointed out that peace, tolerance and social cohesion are the recipe to peace and economic development, as such he appealed to all the agitating groups with genuine concern to implore non-violence means to engage the authorities and not violence that is inimical to the corporate survival of our country. The Director General commiserates with the Governor of Borno State, the Shehu of Borno and families of the slain farmers at Zabarmari community.
Musa MatoHead of Media, IPCR