Election 2015: D-G says dialogue is key to peace




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KADUNA – Prof. Oshita Oshita, the -General, for Peace and Conflict Resolutions (IPCR), said on Friday that dialogue remained the best option to achieving peace in any country
Oshita said this in Kaduna during a stakeholders forum on 2015 elections.
The dialogue organised by the in with UN Development Programme and other development .
Oshita represented at the event by the Mr Emmanuel Mamman, Deputy , Research and Policy Analysis in the .
“Those who want to destroy this country won’t succeed. So we are telling ourselves to be because there’s no alternative to peace.

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“This dialogue is to sensitise another on the need to identify likely causes of electoral conflict in each of the country and how we can prevent them.
“We are identifying individuals and agencies that can be instrumental to the achievement of free, fair and credible elections in the states and country at large.
“The dialogue is to appeal to our collective conscience to see how things can be done in a better way in this country”, he said.
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Hajia Sa’adatu Kashim, head of Federation of Muslim Women Association of (FOMWAN) said as mothers members of the association would always support any effort that would promote peace nationwide.
Kashim said members of the association had been sensitising their husbands, children and other relations on the need to shun violence and embrace dialogue.
“When we go back to Kano, we will organise a from the Emir’s Palace to the Government to sensitise the people on violence-free 2015 elections.
Dr Ayuba Umar, who represented Yakamata Development Initiative, Sokoto, a civil society , called on the citizenry to resist being used by politicians to perpetuate violence.
Mrs Rose Opawoye, who spoke on behalf of Inter-Faith Forum of Muslim and Christian Women Groups, Kaduna , said the forum had embarked on series of campaigns to raise awareness on violence-free elections.
“Women are, by their nature, mothers and custodian of the culture if peace. When we interact, we sensitise each other to the need for non-violence. We take the message down to the grassroots.
“We held interactive sessions for Imams and Pastors who take the message back to their followers.
“The religious leaders are very powerful; they can incite or quench violence though their preaching,” she said. (NAN)