The Plateau State Peace Building Agency on Tuesday led thousands of people in a colorful “walk for peace” across Jos city.
The match was organized as part of activities marking the 2019 World Peace Day in the State.
Its essence was to demonstrate the resolve of citizens to rebuild relationships previously broken by violent conflicts, Mr. Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of the Peace Building Agency told journalists.
He said, “It is a way for us to express our commitment and resolve to put the past behind us, and to begin to explore pathways toward healing, forgiveness and reconciliation.
“Relationships were broken, social relationships were fractured but we have an opportunity to rebuild those broken relationships.”
Such exercises according to the Commander of the Special Task Force codenamed Operations Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundi are crucial for peace maintenance.
“Plateau is marching towards peace and we (STF) cannot do it alone.
“We need events like this to demonstrate our resolve to walk together for the collective good of the State so that other States can learn from us,” he said.
The Chairman of the Plateau State Council of Chiefs and Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba was also excited about the march when the crowd gathered at his palace to pay homage.
He equally sued for unity towards peace development in the State.
The activities marking the World Peace Day continue today with a Peace Conference in Jos the capital of Plateau State.