Following its formal global launch in Abuja, Nigeria on 13 May 2022, Rebuild Nigeria Initiative decided to embark on 4 National Consultative Sessions and 2 International Peace Dialogues on Nigeria between the second half of 2022 and first half of 2023. The first of such consultations was a most successful consultative session with corporate Nigeria in Lagos on 17 November 2022. Next in line is the International Peace Dialogue for Nigeria which will hold on Tuesday 13 December 2022 at the Venerable Chapel of The Cathedral of Antwerp, Belgium.
This planning note outlines the various elements of the planned dialogue. It also attempts an outlay of the strategy to be deployed in organising the meeting to be hosted by Catholic Bishop of Antwerp, Monsignor Johan Bonny in collaboration with a host of community and civil society organisations in Belgium.
In the initial consultations leading up to the establishment of Rebuild Nigeria Initiative, it emerged that there is a plethora of organisations and individuals working nationally and internationally under the Civil Society Organisation(CSO) space, yet the spate of disintegration discourse keeps heightening. Where some of these entities are notworking at cross purposes, they are competing when they ought to be collaborating. A different model is a necessity if Nigeria is to derive value from its rich human capital base in civil society organising and value extracted from theefforts of its international friends.
We believe that facilitating peace dialogues at sub-national, national and international levels reinforces the importance of peace as a cornerstone of civil wellbeing, security, politics and socioeconomic prosperity. Peace is thepanacea to the Nigeria of our dreams, just as justice and equity are the bedrocks of nationhood. With the mistrust,mutual suspicion and division caused by Nigeria’s fault lines, it is difficult for growth and development to thrive. In fact, if unchecked as quickly as possible, retaining the current status quo practices can contribute to the escalation of internal disagreements which, in turn, could contribute to Nigeria completely breaking apart. The long-held notionthat Nigeria is “too big to fail” has become an illusion, judging by how deep the nation has sunk.
It must be said that Nigeria is not experiencing peace crises never before seen in other parts of the world. How have countries that were in the place where Nigeria currently is, resolve their conflicts, secured and retained their peace?What role did their friends in the comité of nations play? What are current thoughts and strategies in winning thepeace that have eluded nations for a protracted period of time? What role can global friends of Nigeria play in deterring direct and indirect enablers of conflicts in Nigeria? These and more interrogative questions are at the heart of calling a couple of international dialogue for peace in Nigeria.
If we consider the cardinal place of Nigeria in the broader African context, then it becomes clear to the world atlarge that further escalation in the disintegration discourse in Nigeria is not a problem far from the beds of the international community.
As a group of concerned Nigerians, supported by our friends in the international community, the intention is toassemble all willing players, build a coalition of Non-State Actors to interrogate different aspects of securing andsustaining lasting peace from a global perspective. It is our ambition to reach a possible consensus on a common collaborative approach based on international best practice in conflict resolution adapted to the Nigerian realities.
A combination of the speakers*, key figures, other resource persons and participants is the means through which Rebuild Nigeria Initiative, RNI will accomplish the goal of the International Peace Dialogue for Nigeria. Below are the confirmed speakers and what they will be speaking about:
Jumoke Akin-Taylor | Executive Director RNI email@example.com
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Convener | Vice President RNI
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