By Sani Idris, Jaji (Kaduna State).
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Mrs Amina Mohammed, on Monday commended Nigeria’s efforts in contributing to global peace.
Mohammed voiced the commendation when she visited the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre (MLAILPKC) Jaji, Kaduna State.
She expressed satisfaction with Nigeria’s efforts at curtailing internal security challenges within the available resources at its disposal.
Mohammed noted that peace was not only desirable in Africa but also in the world in general.
“Nigeria has faced many trying times and tribulations since independence, but we still remain indivisible, all due to efforts of the armed forces,” she said.
Mohammed explained that Nigeria’s insecurity was trans-border in nature which. she said, required concerted efforts to address.
She underscored the need for investment in human capital development as a means of addressing the root causes of conflict in any society.
She also stressed the need for a stronger democracy by upholding the social contract between the leaders and the led in many parts of the world.
The deputy secretary-general called for more opportunities for women to be enablers of exhibiting their leadership traits.
She expressed optimism for a peaceful transition after the coming 2023 general elections, saying, however, that the positive or negative outcomes would have impact on the rest of the world.
“The world has faced many challenges, ranging from COVID-19, climate change, Russia and Ukraine war and many others, where Nigeria has nothing to do with the cause but have everything to do with the body.
“Nigeria has passed through some of the global issues and is still passing through many, among which is socio-economic burden; we are hopeful, Nigeria is a beacon of hope,” she said.
Mohammed expressed delight about the MLAILPKC partnership with international agencies, which had engendered an avenue for good endeavours where development occurred and human rights were attained.
Earlier, Commandant of the MLAILPKC, Maj.-Gen. Auwal Fagge, said that the centre would leverage the UN deputy secretary-general’s visit in ensuring further partnerships with relevant bodies.
He said that the centre would also lay more emphasis on improved training and educating peace-keepers on gender mainstreaming, sexual exploitation among others, line with the centre’s mandate.
Fagge solicited more collaboration with the UN in the areas of infrastructure development, training sponsorship and ICT, among others, with a view to upscaling the centre’s productivity in the discharge of its mandate.
The highlight of the visit was a guided tour of facilities and the planting of tree at the centre by the UN deputy secretary-general.