By John Ikani
As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Peace on Tuesday, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) has urged world political leaders and other stakeholders to focus on the issue of human security to ensure that society recovers quickly from the havoc caused by COVID-19 crisis.
The foundation made the call in a statement issued by its Communications Officer, Mr Wealth Ominabo, to mark the 2021 International Day of Peace.
It noted that the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’, is a call to action for stakeholders to pursue peace through the prism of human security.
What the foundation is saying
“As we mark this year’s #InternationalDayofPeace, we call on governments and other actors to prioritize human security in our nations and communities.
“Human security offers more hope towards quick recovery from the ravaging horror of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”, as the theme of this year’s celebrations is a call to action for global leaders and other development stakeholders to pursue peace through a human security lens.
“This implies the democratization of our political systems; adherence to the rule of law, access to justice and attainment of freedoms from fear and wants by citizens.”
About International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace, sometimes officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September.
It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.
The day was first celebrated in 1981 and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.
About Goodluck Jonathan Foundation
The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, founded by the former President of Nigeria (2010-2015) is an independent non-governmental organization established in 2015 for the advancement of peace and prosperity on the African continent.
The foundation is dedicated to promoting peace and reconciliation, advancing democratic governance, advocating for inclusive governance and economic development, promoting citizen’s rights, and continental and national integration.