By Polycarp Auta
Jos -Mr Fulus Pam, a peace practitioner with Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), has advised Plateau residents to toe the path of forgiveness to entrench peaceful coexistence in the state.
Pam, who is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the organisation, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos.
The peace practitioner, who spoke in commemoration of the 2020 International Peace Day, said forgiveness and reconciliation remained an integral aspect of peace process.
Pam, who called on Plateau residents to put the past behind them and forge ahead in love, added that such move would ensure lasting peace in the state.
“Forgiveness and reconciliation are important aspects of peace processes because they generate positive effects at the intra and interpersonal levels by generating new social networks, restoring lost ones, overcoming feelings of resentment or revenge, rebuilding trust, ameliorating broken and improving relationships.
“Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you. It brings the kind of peace that helps you go on with life.
“Developing forgiveness has been associated with decreased stress, anxiety, and depression, and increased feelings of well-being.
“As we join the rest of the world to celebrate this day, I call on the people of Plateau to embrace the path of forgiveness to further solidify the peace process in the state,” he said.
He, however, urged government to intensify efforts in ensuring that lasting peace returns to the state, particularly at the rural areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2020 International Peace Day has the theme: “Shaping Peace Together”.