By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) on Tuesday linked the crisis between
farmers/herders in Nigeria to the impact of climate change.
CEPEJ said the crisis has caused many deaths and loss of properties in communities mostly affected.
CEPEJ’s National Coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade made the assertion at the World Peace Day held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta
He said “The cases of banditry which is threatening the security of lives and properties and the peace of many communities across the country today can also be linked to the effect of climate Change.”
“Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge faced by our generation
“It effects are widespread and significant, affecting agriculture, energy, human health, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, water resources, and some industries across the world and especially Africa, Its toll on human life
is irrefutable, and is obviously, a major threat to peace in our society.”
CEPEJ therefore appealed to the Federal, State, Local Governments, critical stakeholders and students to ensure that the conversation on climate change and climate action continues beyond this event.
He also said “There is no going back on what have been happening globally
since the Paris Agreement was ratified and the Sustainable Development
Agenda launched in 2015 till date.
“We risk the wide range of devastating impacts of climate change if we fail
to continue to take actions.”
The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace, Climate Action for
Chief Assay Godspower a security expert while speaking, said, Nigeria is now a violent country.
He said, there are herders and farmer clashes, terrorism, serial killings
Godspower stressed that Nigeria is now being plagued by cultism. He
insisted that primary and secondary schools have been overtaken by the
He said “There is cultism in every States and every towns. It is no more
secret. It is a big problem we are facing.”
He named some of the cult groups as, Dominion, Green landers, highlanders,
Blue Spice, Scorpion, secret sons of Satan, king cobra, black cross,
scavengers, blood brotherhood and others.
Godspower noted that peer group influence, lack of security department in
schools, free movement of students, no access control, fallen standards of
education, religious silence on cultism as some of the causes of cultism in
He stated that the effects is that parents are now breeding violent
children. Further called on the Federal Government to raise a strong
campaign against cultism in the Country.
He added that parents should be more vigilant to the activities of rhe
children within and outside amongst others.
In an address, the Executive Director, Value Rebirth and Empowerment
Initiative, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe corroborated the claims of Godspower
“peace is a nin- negotiable aspect of life that is essential for social,
political and economic development and we should at any given time promote
and encourage others to live in peace with all men irrespective of tribe,
religious and ethical differences.
” Peace is trans- generational, peace is the way to go for sustainable
development as Nigeria our great Country shall remain one indivisible
Country in peace till Jesus return (Psalm 122:6, Psalm 133:1-3).”
The President/Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Smart Development Foundation,
Omawumi Evelyn Atsiangbe Urhobo and the Senior Special Assistant on