By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Nigerian Red Cross Society has urged the federal government to create a ministry of national reconciliation as a way of stemming the tide of violence in the country.
The group said creating the ministry would bring genuine reconciliation in the country and also engender lasting peace.
The Anambra State chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Prof Peter Katchy, stated this while delivering a message to mark the 2019 world Red Cross Day in Awka.
He said, ‘Red Cross advocates love for humanity, we call on the federal government of Nigeria to embark on the reconciliation of the entire country by establishing a federal ministry of national reconciliation.
‘This ministry will enhance peaceful coexistence, enthrone national rebirth, values and patriotism. The national reconciliation ministry will reduce violence, deaths, hardship, displacements, destruction and reduce the costs of financing armed security operations.’
The group said with the degree of bloodletting in every part of the country today, there was need to encourage youth groups to volunteer for humanitarian activities, relief projects to help disaster victims and cultural exchanges that could engender tolerance.
Katchy said the theme of this year’s celebration was ”Love for humanity”, and that the Red Cross in Anambra had through its humanitarian activities touched the lives of several people, through donation of relief materials and medical outreaches.
‘This year, we have held medical outreaches in three local government areas in Anambra, which have touched the lives of more than 50,000 human beings,’ Katchy said.