The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has decried what it described as destabilising effect of insecurity in the country, particularly in north west and north east.
The centre also said that apart from enmity, ethnicity and religious bigotry bedeviling the region, the COVID-19 pandemic has also posed serious threat to healthcare and economy of the region.
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CITAD stated this in a statement released in Kano on Monday to commemorate this year’s International Peace Day celebrated every September 21.
The day was set aside by the United Nation to strengthen the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
“It is a real tragedy looking into overwhelming destabilization of peace and security in some states of north east and north west as we are deeply concerned with the daily hike of violence, killings, kidnappings, burning of people’s properties, herder-farmer clashes, increase in rape cases, domestic violence, and so forth,” CITAD said.
The centre then condemned what it described as acts threatening peace and promoting violence in the country, warning that unless the embedded corrupt practices in current counter-insurgency are addressed, Nigeria will continue to experience violence.
CITAD then recommended youth empowerment, job creation and synergy among all stakeholders in the country.
CITAD, a nongovernmental organization using ICT to promote peace and develop good governance and societal wellbeing in peace and development said it has been coordinating several projects, publications and programs that focus on promoting peace building in the country.