In line with this, a Clergyman and Administrator, Mater Dei Catholic Cathedral Umuahia, Abia State, Reverend Father Paschal Opara says that peace being a panacea for national development should be embraced by the people especially the youths whom he describes as future leaders.
He made this known in a chat with Radio Nigeria.
Also, the Chief Imam, Nigeria Police Headquarters, Umuahia, Alhaji Musa Iroikwemba urged Nigerians to see peace as a channel of development which the country needed.
He called on Nigerians to use the period of the fifty-seventh independence anniversary to preach peace and unity among all.
In his submission, a former Deputy Chairman, National Party of Nigeria in the old Imo State, Prince Benjamin Apugu stated that for the country to sustain peace and unity, corruption must be tackled headlong.
He commended the Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against corruption and urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in his efforts towards ensuring the country remained a peaceful and indivisble entity.
In his contribution, the Traditional Ruler of Okorie Ogori Abam Autonomous Community in Arochukwu Local Government Area, Eze Ogbuka orika explained that for the country to achieve peace, Nigerians must first embrace God and show love to one another.
He stated that the unity of the country is not negotiable.
As Nigerians celebrate independence anniversary, it is pertinent that all hands should be on deck to ensure the sustenance of peace and unity in the country.