A lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Dr. Biola Adimula, has called on individual citizens, governments, agencies and corporate bodies across all levels to embrace communal living, care for each other and develop the community bond for peace to reign in the society.

Dr Adimula, who made this call penultimate Friday (September 1, 2017), while delivering the graduation speech on behalf of Class 23 Rotary Peace Fellows, June-September, 2017, at Princess Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, said, “To achieve lasting peace in communities, transitional justice and peace-based approach is key”.

In her address, entitled “Seeds of Peace: Moving Beyond a Single Story”, the Unilorin don called on all to welcome refugees into their communities, saying, “If refugees are accepted and welcomed and given a chance to learn and grow, they will contribute socially and economically to their receiving countries, and to our communities, thereby, turning their challenges to opportunities, dependency to potentials, and liabilities to gains.”

Dr. Adimula said, “This is paramount because from the records of the United Nations, UNHCR and European Union, more people than ever are currently displaced by conflicts emanating from political instability, terrorism, ethnic conflicts and bad governance”, adding that “more than 65 million have been driven from their homes and more than half of these displaced people are children and women.”

Pointing out that most people across the globe believe the world is full of horror, pains and uncertainty because the news around the world borders mostly on war, bombings and terrorism, Dr Adimula disclosed that it is the Fellow's mission to show the world the other side of the coin, which is the “peace story”.

She then noted that the 23 Fellows from 19 countries around the world are professionals in various studies and expertise of peace and conflict resolution, adding that “the training has equipped us with mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills for conflict resolution, we have known extensively about the workings of the UN relating to post conflict reconstruction, and through non-violent communication we can achieve peace in burning issues.”