Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has called on African leaders to imbibe the “African spirit of conflict resolution”.
In commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace, IDP, Mrs. Jonathan said it was necessary for all the African leaders to resort to the use of dialogue in resolving crises..
She said the leaders should also make use of other peace building mechanism to bring about sustainable development in Africa.
The IDP is celebrated annually with this year’s theme titled: Rights of People to Peace’
In a statement by Kenneth Omooba, the Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, Mrs. Jonathan said the day has been set aside for peace everywhere, which should give rise to a temporary ceasefire in war zones.
“Today, September 21 marks a memorial day set aside for peace and not absence of war such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone or situation,” Mrs. Jonathan said
Also as the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, Mrs. Jonathan called on all African first ladies to support their husbands as agents of transformational development and good governance that would bring an end to the incessant violence in the African region.
Emphasising that no meaningful development could emanate from violence, the First Lady called on all Africans to imbibe the African culture of peace advocate and being their brother’s keeper.
Noting that everyone including herself as Mama Peace, a nickname she bestowed on herself, has a right to peaceful co-existence for sustainable development.