… Showers encomiums on Air Peace boss, Chief Allen Onyema
…Says national honour not enough for peace advocates
By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
As the world celebrates the International Day Of Peace today, Thursday, 21st September 2023, a Newscaster and the Programme Manager of the Justice Development and Peace Caritas ,JDPC, Catholic Diocese of Awka, Mr. Nelson Nwaenyi, has embarked on 42-Hour Marathon Peace News Broadcast geared towards stressing the importance of peace in society.
Mr. Nelson Nwaenyi otherwise known as Nelson Whyte hailed from Ubahuekwem, in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Addressing newsmen during a press Conference held at JDPC Awka Diocese, Secretariat domiciled inside St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, stated that he was ready to do anything that would bring about lasting peace, noting that the importance of peace in the daily existential struggles cannot be overstated, even as he said that National Honours was not enough for Peace Advocates
According to the newscaster, the 42-Hour Marathon Peace News started by 11am on Wednesday and would end in early hours of Friday, saying that it had already been streamed live on all their social handles including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts as well as their YouTube channel.
His words, “This is to address the general public on the importance of the International Day Of Peace, especially at this moment of our national life, it was a day set aside by the United Nations in 1981, that is 42 years ago, with the theme for this year as – Action For Peace, Our Ambition For The #Global Goals.
“It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG in order to create a culture of peace.As part of my commitment and action for peace in the world, I, Nelson Nwaenyi a.k.a Nelson Whyte, with the support of Justice Development and Peace Caritas, JDPC Awka, will be embarking on a 42 Hours Marathon Peace News starting today (yesterday) 20th of September, 2023 in order to mark this day.
“Also, as part of the news content during the news marathon, we shall beam our searchlights on different news concerning peace in southeast Nigeria, Africa and the world. It’s an opportunity to let the world know the importance of peace to the development of every sector of the economy.
“No country has ever developed without first seeking different ways of creating a peaceful environment. Justice Development and Peace Caritas, JDPC Awka has at different occasions championed the path of peace through organizing different peacebuilding workshops and training meant to equip both young and old, men and women, boys and girls on the strategies and moral application of peaceful initiatives in our various communities.
“Furthermore, I also want to state with emphasis that on a day like this, peace advocates like Chief Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace and others who have invested their hard earned resources to the restoration and maintenance of peace, should also be celebrated every year and co-opted into the national fabrics of various peace initiatives in the country.
‘This is to stress that national honors given to them is no longer enough, especially at this time that the country needs peace in order to stabilize its economy. I call on all peace loving individuals and organizations all over the world to join us on this 42 hours marathon peace news to spread the gospel of peace all over the world. You can use the hashtag, #42HoursPeaceNews and #GlobalGoals on all social media platforms.
“The 42 hours peace news will also feature interviews with prominent individuals that will bring their own perspectives on how to make the world a peaceful place. In conclusion, I use this medium to appreciate and thank His Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus .C. Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese for his fatherly support on all peaceful initiatives in the diocese and also the executive director of JDPC Awka, Rev. Fr. Levi Ndubuisi Ukor for his consistent efforts to make JDPC Awka a pillar of peace in the diocese.”
Photo: Mr. Nelson Nwaenyi.
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