ABEOKUTA – Worried by the spread of the farmers/herders crisis and the unrest in some states of the South West Geopolitical zone, Officers of Peace Corps of Nigeria on Friday, February 2, 2021 launched a special visitation campaign to stakeholders on how to use dialogue to stop crisis from degenerating to a full blown violence across the country.
The Deputy National Commandant of the Corps in charge of General Duties and Intelligence, Patriot Micheal Oyemike and the State Commandant, Olufemi Akinyemi took the campaign to the palace of the Seriki Hausa in Egbaland and the Vice Chairman of the Hausa/Fulani Community in Ogun State.
Speaking about the significance of the visit, the Deputy National Commandant noted that as peace men, officers of the Corps are always at the forefront of finding peace and identifying potential threats to national peace and security.
He added that Peace Corps officers have been trained to be solution providers and they are achieving positive results through dialogue, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
“We are meeting with stakeholders across the country, but especially in this geopolitical zone because of the present situation and we believe that with dialogue, we shall achieve positive result”, Patriot Oyemike stated.
On his part, the Commandant of the Corps in Ogun state, Patriot Olufemi Akinyemi assured the Hausa/Fulani Community of better relationship, noting that the Corps is in touch with other major stakeholders in South-West and beyond, adding that the Corps in Ogun State is working seriously to compliment the good gesture of the state government.
He also urged the Hausa/fulani Community to continue to educate their people about the presence of the second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Fulani Community, Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Market heads and chiefs and other notable leaders in the Hausa Community in Ogun State.
High point of the event was the donation and presentation of packs of nose masks and hand sanizers to the Hausa/Fulani Community in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst them.