TEXT OF A SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE GUEST SPEAKER PROFESSOR MUHAMMED TAWFIQ LADAN DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED LEGAL STUDIES, ABUJA/LAGOS, DURING THE NATIONAL POLICY ROUND TABLE FOR POLICYMAKERS TO SUPPORT RECONCILIATION, PEACE AND SECURITY IN NIGERIA. ORGANISED BY THE KING ABDUL AZEEZ CENTRE FOR INTER- RELIGIOUS AND INTER-CULTURAL DIALOGUE(KAICIID), IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INSTITUTE FOR PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION(IPCR),AND THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED LEGAL STUDIES. HELD AT IPCR HALL, MONDAY 4TH APRIL, 2022.
It is a great honour to address our eminent Jurists, royal fathers and religious leaders, honourable policymakers etc. on today’s important theme:- Policy Makers: – Supporting Reconciliation, Peace, and Security in Nigerian.
Undoubtedly, Nigeria is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation of about 200 million, and the largest economy in Africa. Above all, It is operating a constitutional federalism founded on the principles of Peace, freedom, equality, non-discrimination, Justice and unity. Despite her numerous social-economic and political challenges in the recent past, the citizens have continued to see the traditional and religious leaders / institutions as the voice and hope of the voiceless/ common and vulnerable group in Society. On the other hand they see policymakers as those with enormous Constitutional powers, roles and responsibilities to address the root causes of conflicts, prevent conflicts from becoming violent and to support reconciliation process on the basis of the principles of Freedom, Equality and Justice for all, and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people (See preamble to the Constitution, sections 13-14 and 24 on duties of citizens).
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