Nigeria is asking neighboring African countries to collaborate to fight insurgents ravaging some parts of the nation.
Senate President, David Mark and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, are canvassing this position at the ongoing 130th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Renewing commitments to peace and democracy and ensuring a nuclear free world topped the agenda at the IPU Conference which comes at a time of continued conflict and war in different parts of the world and increasing terrorist activities in Nigeria.
The outgoing Secretary-General of the IPU, Anders Johnson, while explaining how lasting peace and security across the world can only be achieved through inclusive and participatory processes, revealed that, “The IPU sent trial observers who went on missions to talk to leaders in countries about how best to resolve situations involving different forms of violations of human rights.”
While IPU member countries expressed concerns about the growing cases of terrorism across the globe and warned that terrorism, if not addressed, poses serious threat to global peace and development, the IPU President, condemned terrorism in all its ramifications and asked parliamentarians to take a stand in addressing issues that promote conflicts.
The Director-General of the United Nations office in Geneva, Michael Moller, also asked parliamentarians to make a firm commitment to disarmament.
The Nigerian Senate President, David Mark, while speaking to Channels Television, expressed satisfaction by the positions taken by the different speakers at the conference. He said, “We believe that democracy will necessarily ensure that there is peace because everybody’s views will be taken into consideration.
“That’s why I have consistently insisted that those who have grievances must come out and let us know what the grievances are, because it could help us in the legislation that we do in the National Assembly”, he added.