October First was marked peacefully in the University campus, as well as in Yola and Jimeta.
At the September 28 meeting of the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative, President Dekle tasked members to reassure their communities on the need for peace.
Chairing the meeting for the second time since after taking over the leadership of the eminent community forum, the Chairperson stressed the importance of peace and the role of members in promoting understanding and shared values within their community.
Acting early on received information, Dr. Dekle pointed out, is key to averting any misunderstanding that could erupt into violence, adding that all information should be evaluated on its merit while community leaders can decide what action to take.
She urged increased vigilance as the nation’s Independence Day anniversary approached to prevent any breakdown in public order.
Repeating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s more famous quotes on peace, President Dekle said: “We are working together as brothers and sisters. We go into this weekend as brothers and sisters to reassure our community that everything is fine. We are not running away from this celebration [First October] this weekend.”
Following up on her appeal President Dekle recorded a Message of Peace to a larger national audience, which was shared through state broadcast stations, social media forums and by a press statement published in national newspapers.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa