The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Peace and development, Zebulun Takwa has urged Nigerians to quit the blaming game and assume responsibility for the economic challenges so as a peaceful country.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Tuesday – which marks the Peace Day, commemorated every September 21, in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution 55/282 of September 2002, Takwa said the current recession poses a moment that require every citizen to be part of the solution.
According to him it is a wake-up call for every Nigerian to start asking the right questions which is, ‘what he or she could do to put the country on the path of peace and development.’
“We are commemorating the International Day of Peace at a very challenging moment; it should be a “wake-up call” and to ask if this is what Nigeria merits.
“Nigeria does not deserve what is happening on the ground. We all can be part and parcel of seeking for solution.
“We should move from ‘blame-game’ and see how we, who are not part of the problem, can become part of the solution.
“I can link it to the ongoing ‘Change begins with me’ campaign by the present administration; the same message goes for the issue of tranquillity and values that we all propagate.
“What am I doing to make peace happen in Nigeria? What is the role of my household in ensuring peace in Nigeria?
“I think that is the question that everybody should write and put on the walls of their homes; when we start reflecting like this, the answers will come.”
Takwa explained that peace is a process that requires being consistently worked on before it is achieved. The peace he said, must be watered, pruned and nurtured every day like a flower before it can blossom in the future.