Cleric advises FG to develop peace policy to tackle conflicts in Nigeria

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Bishop Nathan Inyom of the Anglican Communion, Makurdi, Benue, has called on the Federal Government to develop a peace policy to facilitate effective management of crises in the country.

The Bishop made the call on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Makurdi.

Inyom said that without a policy document detailing crises management of issues, it would be difficult to contain the recurring crises in the country.

“Relief is part of the package for conflict management, but presently there exists a big gap as there is no document to support crisis management in the country.

“The running of government is based on policy, each issue is being regulated by a policy, and that is why you have several policies in this country.

“There are some on Malaria control, Forestry, Agriculture, Health and Gender for effective management of the sectors.

“It is therefore paramount for the government to also develop a policy document to regulate conflicts”.

According to Inyom, the policy will help the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to meet the challenges posed by the recurring conflicts and disasters in the country.

He noted that NEMA as presently constituted, lacks the capacity to effectively handle disasters.

The bishop recalled that the National Conflict Resolution Stakeholders of Nigeria, in conjunction with the UNDP and Conflict Resolution Centre, Abuja, had drafted a Peace Policy document which is yet to be implemented.

Inyom advised the government to implement the recommendations to address emerging socioeconomic challenges in the society.

He expressed concern over recent killing of innocent citizens in Guma Local Government Council of Benue and called for restraint to ensure that peace returns to the area.

The bishop also lamented over the poor living condition of those displaced by the crises and called on appropriate authorities to extend succour to them.