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Foundation seeks non-violent approaches to conflict resolution



The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria, has called for continuous engagement of community members to embrace dialogue and non-violent approach to resolve potential issues capable of igniting violence.

Its Country Director, Rev. Joseph Hayab, said this at the sidelines of the 2021 Peace and Development summit, organised by the Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies, at the University of Abuja on Wednesday.

He noted that for Nigeria to attain sustainable peace and development, it ought to strengthen the capacity of the people in local communities to promote a culture of peace through capacity-building, workshops and sensitisation.

This, he noted, would help in building consensus and bond of friendship towards genuine reconciliation that will ensure unity in diversity, reduce tension and tribal conflicts.

“Nigeria ought to engage diverse community members to embrace dialogue and another nonviolent approach to resolving potential issues capable of igniting violence.

“We must encourage the formation of Community Peace and Reconciliation Committees as community structures at the community level,’’ he said.

According to him, insecurity challenges in Nigeria have been in existence for many decades, resulting in colossal loss of lives and properties, polarising communities, and destroying moral values.

He said the insecurity challenges ravaging the nation were multifaceted, ranging from ethnic, economic, ideological, religious, and political conflicts, depending on the context at hand.

““We” versus “Them” syndrome has been a serious challenge to this nation and could be attributed to being the root cause of most of the problems.

“It is the major driver, giving birth to the trio: banditry and kidnapping in the North-West, insurgency (Boko Haram) in the North East, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Militant groups in the South East and South-South respectively.

“ However, most of the conflicts started as economic, social, or political, but ended up with religious connotations, to cap it all, Nigerians will not experience peace until identity-based conflicts are addressed,’’ h added.

Hayab said the youth, often, accused of being in the forefront of committing evils or perpetrating violence in society, have to be actively involved and strengthened to desist from committing mayhem in the society.

According to him, women as major stakeholders in peace building, must be encouraged and supported to play their role in inculcating discipline to their children.

He said this will help in changing the mindset of the youth who are into illicit activities and breeding a new set of a generation that result in achieving a serene environment.

The country director noted the need for political elites to involve youth in decision-making processes and give them the needed support and mentorship for addressing restiveness, militancy, and cultism in Nigeria.

He said relevant civil society organisations and academia ought to intensify efforts and have a platform to share best practices and learning towards mitigating at the community level.

Hayab added that peace building activities should be community-based for taking ownership and sustainability.

“Conflicts and mediation practitioners should adhere to the “Do No Harm” principle in their outreach for effective conflict resolution strategy,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that GPF had launched the One Family Under God Peace building campaign in Nigeria, engaging people of diverse ethno-religious backgrounds in volatile communities.


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180 Golfers To Compete For N35 Million In Rowland Adewumi Golf Classic Tourney



The lush greens of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja will soon be the battleground for an impressive array of golfing talent, as 180 golfers, both professional and amateur, compete for over N35 million in cash prizes and additional rewards.

This exciting event, known as the Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament, is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15, 2024, in celebration of Rowland Adewumi’s 50th birthday.

The organizing committee, led by Chairman Akabom Enebong, has spared no effort in ensuring that the event will befit the legacy of the man it honors says the tournament is more than a mere competition; it is a homage to Rowland Adewumi, a figure whose influence on the sport in Nigeria has been profound. Known for his dedication to nurturing talent and promoting the game, Adewumi’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the golfing community.

Speaking to the media in Abuja, Enebong highlighted the meticulous preparations underway to guarantee a flawless event.

“This tournament is a tribute to Rowland Adewumi, whose influence has been pivotal in the development of golf in Nigeria,” Enebong remarked. “We have ensured that all arrangements are in place to guarantee a smooth and competitive event.”

The competition will feature approximately 80 professional golfers and 100 amateur golfers, all competing in a stroke play format over the club’s renowned 18-hole course. The tournament promises to be action-packed, with participants eager to showcase their skills and vie for top honors.

“The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament offers not just substantial cash prizes but also significant prestige. With over N35 million up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the competition is expected to be fierce. In addition to the cash rewards, there are numerous consolation prizes, ensuring that many participants will leave with recognition for their efforts”

“Interest in the event has been substantial, with top golfers from across the nation preparing to participate. This level of engagement underscores the tournament’s importance within the Nigerian golfing calendar and highlights the respect and admiration held for Adewumi within the golfing community”.

Enebong emphasized the broader significance of the tournament, noting that it serves as a platform for golfers to demonstrate their prowess and advance their careers. “Participants will leverage this tournament to showcase their worth,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for both emerging and established golfers to gain recognition and further their careers.”

The three-day event promises not just competitive golf but also a celebratory atmosphere, reflecting the joyous occasion of Adewumi’s 50th birthday. Spectators can expect a festive environment, with various activities and hospitality offerings enhancing the overall experience.

As the date approaches, anticipation builds for what is set to be one of the most memorable golf events of the year. The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament is poised to highlight the vibrant golfing talent in Nigeria, celebrate a beloved figure in the sport, and provide a thrilling spectacle for all involved.

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