The Movement for Peace and Equitable Governance, MOPEGON, is set to mark this year’s International Day for Tolerance on Wednesday 16th November, 2016.
It is a day for Global observance established by the United Nation in 1993, initiated by UNESCO.
Our world has a rich diversity of cultures, language, religion and tradition. But this diversity often result in difference, discrimination, violence and other forms of intolerance causing threat to peaceful coexistence as such continues advocacy is needed to build peace and tolerance.
In a release signed by the Director General of MOPEGON, Comrade Counsel H. Bello, the organization is working hard to make this year’s event more memorable. Highlights of the event include advocacy issues, press interactions and a lecture at Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo, Lokoja to educate our young minds on peace building and the need to work for peace in our society.
It said that three royal fathers in the state have been nominated for the 2016 Peace Award in recognition of their roles in building peaceful coexistence in Kogi state. The Monarchs are; HRM Micheal Ameh Oboni, the Attah Igala and Chairman of Kogi state Traditional Council; HRM Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and HRM Abdulrazaq Isah Koto, the Ohimege-IGU of KotonKarfe.
Also to be honoured are Hon. Abubakar Ohere, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Kogi state on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Mr. Dayo Thomas, the Managing Director of the Kogi state owned Newspaper; The Graphic. The statement further added that citizens are enjoined to continue to build peace and that it is only under a peaceful atmosphere that our leaders can be made to serve us better and be accountable.