Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, has paid tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the search of lasting peace and security in the world.
A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Liberian envoy recognized in particular the important role and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in maintaining national and global peace and security.
“The Nigerian military has taken a vanguard role restoring peace and stability in West Africa. My sister here [the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner] mentioned Sierra Leone and of course I can mention the same about Liberia. You know the history [about ECOMOG’s intervention],” the Ambassador said.
Ambassador Conteh made the commendation when he delivered his goodwill message during the observance of World Peace Day held in Abuja last week at a continental hotel.
The program was hosted by the Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria with a focus on ‘All Civil Society Conference on Peace, Security and Military Relations in commemoration of the United Nations World Peace Day.’
Speaking on how civil society and the military can collaborate, Ambassador Conteh said the civil-military collaboration must also address problems of abject poverty, extreme hunger, mass unemployment, and political marginalization.
Ambassador Conteh insisted that civil society must continue its work with the military to confront insurgencies and armed conflicts which are the causes of wanton global fatalities: “Civil society and the military must complement each other to ensure a stable and violent-free world.”
He warned that if this must work, governments must provide the enabling environment for peace to thrive. He also said civil society must be in the vanguard to mobilize other relevant stakeholders to work for peace: “This is a collective responsibility that all stakeholders must steadfastly support.”
Ambassador Conteh, who also delivered the goodwill message on behalf of the Dean of the Diplomatic Community, stated that he and his fellow envoys remain unflinchingly committed to supporting and promoting peace and security: “We will continue to work with every segment of the Nigerian society through joint actions and partnerships that are mutually reinforcing to institutionalize the culture of peace in Nigeria, Africa and the world.”
Citing the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Armed Conflict Survey, the Liberian Ambassador noted that there are currently 42 armed conflicts around the world, ranging from civil wars, insurgencies to other forms of violent unrests.