From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye (GO) University, Enugu, Rev. (Professor) Christian Anieke, has described peace as a very component factor among human beings without which the world can be reduced into rumbles within a short time, advising students to develop and institutionalize peace as a culture and way of life.
Professor Anieke stated this while rendering his opening remarks during the 9th Annual Peace Conference of the University, which took place at the weekend at the institution’s School of Post Graduate Studies of ‘Thinkers Corner’, Enugu.
He cautioned that the various human achievements and developmental strides recorded world over are meaningless without peace.
His words: “Human achievements have no meaning if we can’t achieve peace. It is very unfortunate that if care is not taken, we are warming up for the third world war, having fought first and second world wars due to lack of peace”.
While saying that annual peace conference was put in place nine years ago, the VC lamented that the initiator, Professor (Sister) Gloria Njoku, has passed on but her legacies will continue to live as long as Godfrey Okoye University remains afloat as an institution of learning.
Commenting on the theme of the annual conference, the Guest Speaker, Mrs Jane Ndukwe, who doubles as the Director, Genuine Womanhood Initiative, urged individuals to treat others the way they wish to be treated, stressing that the golden rule forms the foundation of peace building.
She advised for total respect for other peoples’ languages and culture devoid of insolence from any quarter, adding that in conflict situation, the mediator should separate the person from the problem.
Highpoint of the event which also attracted students from various schools in Enugu State, was the conferment of Peace Champion award conferred on Rev. Fr. John Ukeh, the Catholic Priest in charge of Iwollo parish, among others.