As the loss of lives and properties in Nigerians keeps worsening under President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government on daily basis due to insecurity, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has decried the development.
She spoke at the National Stakeholders Forum on Parenting for Peace in Abuja, describing as disheartening, that lives and properties are being lost every day in the country as a result of insecurity.
Tallen, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Idris Mohammed, however, called for a collective fight against the menace threatening the peaceful existence of the country.
She said, ”It is disheartening to note that we keep losing lives and properties. Many people are being taken as hostages for ransom, and there was a displacement of millions of people all over Nigeria.
“These result in loss of livelihood and consequently billions of naira; resources continuously wasted leading to depletion of national resources which ultimately may contribute to the nation’s depleting economy.
“All hands must be on deck to prevent violence and extremism in all ramifications to bring peace to our people, which is the essence of our gathering today to discuss the way forward.”
The Country Director of Mercy Corps, Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu, said that the corps had advanced peace and stability by addressing and mitigating gender dynamics that perpetuate and exacerbate conflict in the country.
Anyanwu, represented by Adesola Asogi, Acting Country Director, said that the Corps had worked with women government officials to improve their ability to peacefully manage disputes.