Hajia Hadiza Abubakar, the First Lady of Bauchi state has established peace clubs in ten public schools within the state capital.
The first lady disclosed this on Thursday during the B-SWEEP peace clubs’ interactive held at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Bauchi.
According to her, the establishment of peace clubs was a product of a workshop on peacebuilding and peace education where stakeholders were sensitized on creating more awareness on the necessity of peaceful co-existence as well as highlighting the consequences of falling into violence.
She said the initiative will help tackle the serious insecurity challenges experienced in Nigerian and North East in particular. And this will enable students to actively participate in fostering peace, love, and togetherness towards their colleagues.
“The initiative is geared towards catching the students young by inculcating them the culture of peaceful co-existence and principles of peace education using the established clubs that have been formed as an instrument for conflict resolution. This will enable the students to actively participate in fostering peace, love and togetherness to their colleagues towards building a stable society.” She said.
She also noted that; “The formation of these clubs was aimed at creating a peaceful and harmonious academic platform at various school levels where students of different background live independently.”
Furthermore, she said the peace club interactive forum was organized to create a forum for the students to showcase their talents in peace development process, particularly in the area of essay writing, spoken words and poems.
“To participating schools and co-coordinators, this programme will no doubt provide an excellent opportunity for you to exchange information and views to provide sustainable peace and cohesion in your schools in order to avert ethnic and religious crises, thereby re-building confidence and relationships more fully and effectively.” She added.
In his address, Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Youth Mobilisation, Ghali Abdulhamid, described peacebuilding among members of any community as very essential.
He said: “the need for peace among our various communities cannot be overemphasized because it is only when there is peace that we can develop and make progress. It is, therefore, imperative for us to cultivate the habit of tolerance and respect for one another so that we can live peacefully with one another.”