BY ANDREW AJIJAH, JOS
A conflict technical adviser of “Mercy Corps” an international organization mitigating peaceful coexistence in 16 States of Nigeria Godwin Okoko, has condemned the recent Nigeria Army Drone which mistakingly bombed and killed several persons in Kaduna state; he called on the presidency to embark on trauma healing to the injured and relations of the death.
Mr Okoko gave the advise Friday in Jos, in an interview with KAKAAKI REPORTERS, shortly after attending a meeting organized by “Plateau Peace Network” a group of Journalists complementing efforts of organizations working towards restoring total peace and harmony among citizens.
Okoko described the Biri community, Igabi local government incident that claimed 85 lives as reported by the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, as unfortunate.
He however commended the federal government for the prompt action already taken to restore peace at the area, but urged President Bola Tinubu, to personally visit the victims as part of trauma healing to the injured, saying such actions could de-escalate tension and restore confidence of the people.
Dr. Okoko tasked the Nigeria Army and other security agencies who are charged with the responsibility of combatting terrorists to enhance professionalism in handling weapons to prevent further bitter experience of the Kaduna recent incident.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army authority have apologized to the affected communities, says the act was not premeditated.
Commenting on the good works of the Plateau Peace Network, Okoko noted that the activities and media reports of members of the Network have indeed de-escalated tensions among citizens.
He encouraged members to stepdown retraining do periodically acquire from Mercy Corps and other sister agencies on sensitive conflict reporting.
Earlier, the meeting of the Plateau Peace Network deliberated on it activities in the out going year, and set out new agenda for the incoming year, 2024 to achieve set goals.
Chairman of the group Mathew Tega, commended members for a job welldone, and urged all not to relent in their responsibilities as peace advocates.
Also at the event chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Plateau State council Mrs Ayuku Pwaspo, who spoke through the Vice Chairman Pam Musa, equally commended the Network for closing the gaps in purportedly bias reportage on conflict reporting.
The Plateau Practice Network meeting was held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ press center hall, is it the last official activity of the Network for year 2023.