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PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE — WHY NIGERIANS MUST NOT FIGHT — ALL CITIZENS HAVE PATRIOTIC ROLES TO PLAY IN PEACE-BUILDING

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This piece must start with quotes from that great legend, Nelson Rohilala Mandela, the South-African freedom fighter who forgave his oppressors after spending 27 years in jail in the national interest and a statesman who had a strong obsession for Nigeria such that he voiced out his concern for Nigeria to lead the rest of the black race, without which black people all over the world could continue to lag behind. Mandela once lived in Nigeria and knew the country’s worth and potentials. Mandela, in one of his public speeches stated that: ‘’We understand their call, (people of South-Africa) that we devote what remains of our lives to the use of our country’s unique and painful experience to demonstrate, in practice, that the normal condition for human existence is democracy, justice, peace, non-racism, non-sexism, prosperity for everybody, a healthy environment and equality and solidarity among the peoples.’’ Mandela continued: ‘’Moved by that appeal, and inspired by the eminence you have thrust upon us, we undertake that we too will do what we can to contribute to the renewal of our world so that none should, in future, be described as the “wretched of the earth”. Again TERRIFIC HEADLINES is pushed by patriotism and our abiding faith in the possibility of peace reigning in Nigeria through dialogue, human rights and respect for the rule of law, if all Nigerians and foreigners in our midst truly love ourselves and our dear country, to compile this piece calling for restraint, while also suggesting a few measures that could be helpful in creating solutions to the current instability troubling our land. For over three years, we have continually written on peace and peaceful conducts, admonishing the citizenry to choose the path of peace and reason together instead of going to war. We are not unmindful of the fact that government has a huge role to play in creating the enabling environment. But peace belongs to all of us. In doing so, we have enlarged the scope to include Africa because it is practically impossible for Nigeria, a country of 200 million people to be at peace if Africa is not at peace. Similarly, Africa, nay, the whole world cannot enjoy relative peace if Nigeria is sorely troubled. MANDELA’S QUERY: In Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Laureate Acceptance Lecture of December 10, 1993, the statesman queried: “Why is it that in this day and age, human beings…

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