Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Sunday said no unjustly treated man would be interested in embracing peace, just as he reiterated that everything must be done to ensure that every segment of the society was given a sense of belonging.
Against this backdrop, Ekweremadu, advocated justice, dialogue, and tolerance as key instruments for building peace at all levels of the society.
According to the Deputy Senate President, mankind was “besieged by a groundswell of intolerance, injustice, racial discrimination, and ethnic hatred, leading to violence, conflicts, extremism, terrorism, insurgency, and all forms of restiveness.”
Ekweremadu spoke at the first procedural session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, IPTP, which was launched in Valetta, Malta, at the weekend.
The lawmaker, appointed by the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, GCTP, as a founding member of the IPTP and Nigeria’s representative at the parliament, urged governments to always toe the path of dialogue, rather than force in resolving issues.
In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu recalled that the use of force to quell militancy in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region failed until dialogue and amnesty were applied, while the controversial death of the spiritual leader of the Boko Haram sect in 2009, Mohammed Yusuf, led to the ascendency of a highly radical leadership, which effectively transformed the sect into a full-blown terrorist organisation.
The Deputy Senate President said, “So, dialogue, tolerance, and soft power are not only capable of averting conflicts, they win the peace, and win people over.”
Even when nations and societies resort to violence and military force, they ultimately end up around the table to agree on peace terms or sign the instruments of surrender. Besides, winning the war is not the same as winning the peace.
“Importantly, whatever we do, we must bear in mind that justice is a bedrock and natural enabler of peace. Justice is so central to peace, security, and prosperity of the human society that the Oath of Office contained in most constitutions seek to ensure that leaders do justice to all manner of people.
“Societies run into storms when leaders observe this all-important oath in the breach and elevate bigotry and inequity to state policy. They forget that no man, who feels unjustly treated will be interested in peace. We must do justice, giving every segment of the society a sense of belonging.”
Ekweremadu, therefore, appreciated the GCTP for setting up the IPTP to help mobilise and direct global resources and energies towards strengthening the human virtues, especially tolerance and justice that promote peace.