The Executive Director of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative, CPPBI, Comrade Jude Obuseh, has decried the surging infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, as well as the rising cases of violent conflicts, calling for a global alliance against these calamities.
Mr. Obuseh, who made this submission during his New Year Message on January 1, 2022, noted that 2021 was a very turbulent year during which violent conflicts, COVID-19, Climate Change and other monstrous challenges tested individuals and nations across the world to their very limits.
Despite the worsening scenarios across the globe, the ED, however, appealed for calm, expressing optimism that the challenges confronting humanity were not insurmountable, calling for a new African, nay global alliance against these crises in 2022.
He added that CPPI was committed to mobilizing its resources towards complementing the efforts of other members of the Multi-track Diplomacy Spectrum in collectively addressing the issues at stake.
Excerpts of the statement read:
“2021 was a year of woes; a year of sweat, tears and blood; a year during which preventable conflicts escalated, insecurity and poverty increased exponentially across the globe, while the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change pushed humanity to the precipice.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has, without doubts, activated a global socioeconomic crisis that has pushed national economies to breaking point, as sickness, death, poverty, inequality and hunger continues to ravage mankind. As Jobs continue to disappear, debts are mounting, while families continue to struggle for survival, with strife and insecurity intensifying everywhere”.
Sounding a note of optimism, he said:
“However, despite these gargantuan challenges, all hope is not lost. Conflicts, economic crisis, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are challenges that can be effectively addressed if we act as a united force”, he admonished.
On CPPBI’s major agenda for 2022, he said:
“The central ambition of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative for 2022 is to build an African and, by extension, a global coalition to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the continent’s several internecine conflicts; a new alliance for positive peace”.
Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Initiative (CPPBI) is a Nigeria-based non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and humanitarian organization that is committed to the prevention of violent conflicts in Africa.