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THE Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has called on the general public to adhere strictly to the NCDC protocols on COVID-19 with a view to preventing the spread of the pandemic in the country.

  IPCR Director General, Dr. Bakut T. Bakut, made the call yesterday in Awka, Anambra State at the occasion to mark 2020 World Peace Day celebration.

  The Director General who was represented by Chairperson of Local Organising Committee of World Peace Day, Grace Awodu, said because of the COVID-19 pandemic, celebration of the 2020 World Peace Day was low-key.

  According to him, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution through South-East Zonal Office is collaborating with people and Anambra State Government to organise “Peace Summit” in Awka, Anambra State to mark the Day.

  “I appeal to all to embrace the advice on physical distancing, wearing of facemask, sanitizing or washing of hands and caution in social gatherings. As conflict is a major distraction of efforts being made at combating the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases in Nigeria, energy and time are wasted in quelling conflicts at the expense of facing the COVID-19 and other health related diseases.  

Therefore, I call for an end to all forms of violence, armed banditry and criminality in Nigeria. He advocated for the use of dialogue in the management of conflict,” Bakut said.

  He further observed that COVID-19 is still present in the country with the danger of community spread still looming large and as such all efforts must be in place to resist further spread which, he noted, can only be done through adherence to preventive measures prescribed by Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC).

  While speaking on the theme of the event “Shaping Peace Together,” Bakut called on state governments and non-governmental organisations to mark the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic.

  He urged Nigerians to stand against any attempt to use the virus to promote stigmatisation, conflict and criminality in Nigeria.

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