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UNIC, CMC mark Peace Day with fanfare in Lagos as UNSG calls for global ceasefire

UNIC Lagos Director, Ronald Kayanja delivers UN Secretary General's message

UNIC Lagos Director, Ronald Kayanja delivers UN Secretary General’s message

The 2015 International Day of Peace was marked in Lagos Nigeria with fanfare as youths, government and NGO partners trooped to the street to ‘Walk for peace’. With contemporary songs emanating from high fidelity sound system mounted on a low-bed truck, participants numbering over 100 and clad in branded T-shirts, danced and sang to the admiration of members of the public.

The ‘Walk for Peace’ road show stopped intermittently at intersections to give room for professional dancers to entertain while leaflets with peace building messages were shared with members of the public.

UNIC Lagos Director responds to a question during the press briefing

UNIC Lagos Director responds to a question during the press briefing

'Walk For Peace' road show

‘Walk For Peace’ road show

Organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), the Peace Day observance started with a press briefing addressed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode represented by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Funlola Odunlami and the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja. The conclusion of the press briefing marked the beginning of an exciting ‘Walk for Peace’

Flagged off by Mrs Odunlami and led by Mr Kayanja and the CMC Director, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya, the road show started from the Lagos State Secetariat Alausa Ikeja through Obafemi Awolowo Way and terminated at Ikeja-under-bridge where a citizens’ mediation session was held by the CMC, an agency of the Lagos State government under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice.

In his message, presented by the Director of UNIC Lagos, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. ‘To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace,’ he continued, ‘there is no group more poised to help realize this dream than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before.’group pix

Speaking earlier, Governor Ambode thanked the UN Information Centre for the partnership and pledged that the CMC would adopt the International Day of Peace as an annual event to propagate the ethos of peaceful co-existence among residents in Lagos State.

Mediation session in progress at the terminal point of the road show

Mediation session in progress at the terminal point of the road show. Right: Director, Citizens’ Mediation Centre, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya

The CMC serves as a non-adversarial dispute resolution Centre using mediation mechanism in dispensing justice fairly and speedily to the satisfaction of both parties.

The theme of this year’s observance is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”

UNIC Lagos dominates airwaves, features on six Radio/TV Channels to mark International Day of Peace

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has in the last three days, dominated Nigeria’s radio and television airwaves as it joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Peace.
In separate appearances on Metro 97.7 FM; Radio One 103.5 FM; Faaji 106.5 FM; Radio Nigeria Network; Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Educational Television; and the Nigerian Television Authority Network News Segment (Panorama), the Senior Public Information Officer, Envera Selimovic and the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, shared the message of the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, asking ‘combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace.’

Envera Selimovic (middle) at Radio One 103.5 FM

Envera Selimovic (middle) at Radio One 103.5 FM


‘Let us all reflect on peace, and what it means for our human family. Let us hold it in our hearts and minds and tenderly nurture it so it may grow and blossom,’ the Secretary General added.
Oluseyi Soremekun (left) at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

Oluseyi Soremekun (left) at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

Discussing with their audience, Selimovic and Soremekun noted that the observance was meant to raise public awareness on issues related to peace and to also strengthen the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.
Oluseyi Soremekun at Metro 97.7 FM

Oluseyi Soremekun at Metro 97.7 FM

They enjoined their respective audience to hold peace dearly and pursue peaceful co-existence with other people.
The Secretary General’s message was translated into Yoruba Language and shared with radio Audience on Faaji FM by the National Information Officer. Faaji FM broadcasts primarily in Yoruba Language spoken in six States in Nigeria and part of Republic of Benin.

UN committed to peace and intercultural dialogue in Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) System in Nigeria is committed to promoting culture of peace and intercultural dialogue in the country. To this end, the UN’s project, ‘Promoting Culture of Peace and Intercultural Dialogue in Nigeria through Education’ has entered the second phase of implementation.
This was disclosed by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, in his welcome address at the event marking the 2012 International Day of Peace in Lagos on Friday, 27th September, 2013

The National Information Officer/OIC, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses participants at the International Day of Peace event in Lagos

The National Information Officer/OIC, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses participants at the International Day of Peace event in Lagos

According to him, the project which is an initiative of the Counter Terrorism Implementation Taskforce (CTITF) at the UN headquarters, New York, is being implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Abuja and has had representatives of Media Organisations, Bloggers, and Civil Society Groups from the North-East and the North-Central regions of Nigeria,
Student-participants sing for peace

Student-participants sing for peace

sensitised and trained on Culture of peace and Intercultural Dialogue. Mr Soremekun further disclosed that the training for the South-East and the South-South regions would soon hold.
In addition to this intervention, he said the UN system in Nigeria through the UNDP, has formulated a ‘National Infrastructure for Peace’ strategy as a sustainable approach to peace building and will be implemented in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Speaking further, Mr Soremekun called on Nigerians to be receptive to peace education and imbibe the culture peace and intercultural dialogue, which he said, was a panacea for national development. According to him, peace education should be taken to both the formal and the non-formal sectors as there cannot be
A student addresses the audience on 'Education for Peace.'

A student addresses the audience on ‘Education for Peace.’

any meaningful development without peace.
In his keynote address on the occasion, the President and Chief Executive Officer of African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives (AFPLI), Rev. Dr. Titus Oyeyemi, called for strengthening of Peace education in all Secondary schools in Nigeria. Peace education, according to him, would help the students to imbibe the spirit of peace and dialogue, early in life.
A cross-section of the high table at the event.

A cross-section of the high table at the event.


Speaking on Social Media and Peace Education, on the occasion, the Chairman of Media Awareness and Information for All Network (MAIN) and the Dean, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Lagos, Prof Lai Oso, called on the participants, especially the youths to use social media to promote peace and dialogue across cultures. Social media, according to him, is a powerful media tool that could be used effectively to spread messages of peace in Nigerian.
International Day of Peace is celebrated every 21st September.