Commemoration of International Day of Peace, 21 September 2022
The International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) celebrated annually on September 21 is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. At a time when war and violence often monopolize our news cycles, the International Day of Peace is an inspiring reminder of what we can create together.
The 2022 global theme for this year’s International Day of Peace “End racism. Build peace” was re-coined by Allamin Foundation as “End The Differences, Build Peace” in order to suit the most yearning demand and context in Northeastern Nigeria. In recognition of that, Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development (ALFOPED) supported by OSIWA, and its other partners including ICAN and the Global Find for Women organized a town hall event in Maiduguri. The event was held at the Women’s Development Center with 80 persons in attendance. Participants were invited from different ministries, sectors, communities, age groups, and gender.
The dignitaries that graced the occasion included the Deputy Theater Commander of Operation “Hadin Kai North-East Task Force” representing the Theater Commander, The Special Adviser on security to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Borno State, Maj. Gen. Ishaq Abdullahi was represented by Mustapha Ali, the Senior Special Assistant on Security to the Governor, the Commander of NDLEA represented by the Command PRO, the NSCDC Commander represented by D.C, Board Members of the Foundation, District head of Nganzai represented His Eminence, the Shehu of Borno, the District head of Gumsuri, with Clerics of both religions in attendance as well.
The Executive Director well comed and recognize all the invited dignitaries, the presence of Jire Dole networks of Allamin Foundation, members of the “She Builds Peace” Forum of Women Peace Builderss of Muslim and Christian women associations in Borno State, adding that
The Boko Haram insurgency has had a significant impact on our society and have given rise to numerous problems. Even among worshipers who are Muslims or Christians. Women and girls are among the many persons affected, and as a result, the communities they are a part of occasionally reject, stigmatize and disdain them. What else can we do but put an end to all the differences between us, accept each other, and forgive each other so that we can live in peace and the Borno we know as the “Home of Peace & Prosperity” shall be restored in the face of the Boko Haram members returning in large numbers, surrendering, and then begging to be forgiven, while our brave men continue to sacrifice their lives and time to ensure our safety and security as well as to secure our territorial integrity We have dignitaries here who will address us sufficiently, and also members of our victims’ network will come and perform a short drama presentation to remind us of the ordeals and what needs to be done in Borno to be the peaceful society that we will wish it to be. So, this is the essence of our celebration”.
Highlight of the event was a Drama Presentation by Jire Dole Networks members Allamin Foundation volunteers and members of the women FBOs. They acted the various victims and survivors of the conflict. Through the performance, the messages presented included loss of dignity, (as human), loss of property, peace is no more here, atrocities being committed, including the Boko Haram as victims and many more. In the end, the resolution of the play clearly shows how forgiveness and reconciliation are the only way towards achieving a lasting peace. In context where everybody claims to be a victim.