As Nigeria joins the rest of the global community to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on citizens to channel their energies towards peace building across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu SAN, made this call on the eve of the commemoration of the 2022 international peace day.
He stated that making peace in the country is preferable to conflict which has escalated major human rights violations across the world and Nigeria in particular.
The Chief Human Rights Officer therefore urged Nigerians and Non Nigerians living in the country to always pay attention to early warning signals and leverage on peaceful dialogue, mediation, reconciliation, and other forms of Dispute Resolution mechanisms in order to nip conflicts in the bud before they fester into full blown conflicts.
The NHRC Boss disclosed that the Commission has continually embarked on monitoring of human rights and humanitarian situations of the Internally Displaced Persons , with a view to addressing such critical concerns usually occasioned by violent conflicts and extremism.
He advised security personnel involved in internal security operations to mainstream human rights into both their rules of engagement and operations to mitigate human rights violations.
He therefore called for peaceful human rights based approach to internal security management in order to restore peace in the affected parts of the country.