So many have been said concerning peace and conflict resolution in the war-torn regions across the world. Peace, according to an old English scholar was defined as ” an absence of crisis, conflict or war”. Invariably, conflict would be said to be simply “an absence of peace” either in a particular region, city, village or even in our mind.
Nevertheless, human instinct tends to use war and conflict to achieve peace in so many instances. This has been since medieval ages, when warlords and heroes spearheaded battles to conquer more lands and territories for themselves. Alexandra The Great, Julius Caesar and so on were known to be controlled by this destructive instinct.
In military orientation, the principle of war simply says “if you want peace go for war”. However, personally I would say, it would always be counterproductive to use conflict or war to achieve peace in the 21st Century. it is barbaric and myopic because it brings about unending “chain reaction” Arab spring is a typical example.
In Africa, numerous settlements across West coast have had their own fair share of “chain reaction conflicts” in the last decade. Sierra leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and even Almighty Nigeria were once conflict zone before the peaceful resolution. In the recent times, Mali, a respected nation in the west coast, famous for one of the oldest library in world “Timbuktu” has been submerged from endless conflicts with urgent peaceful intervention.
It is in this light that World WildLife Fund (WWF)-Earth hour NIgeria Team has deem it fit to embark on “Peace Walk to Mali”, to see how we can contribute our own quota to peace development across West Africa with aim of stopping over in 7 West African countries so as to promote culture of peace and environmental sustainability among the african youths via our advocacy, sensitisation, humanitarian support for the displaced persons and educational programmes.