An International Peace scholar, Prof. Math Meyer, has described Africa as the cradle of modern 21st century peace-making.
Prof. Meyer said this on Tuesday in Ilorin while presenting a book titled Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peace building and Non-violence: from Satagraha to Ujamaa.
His presentation was at the 2nd Public Lecture of University of Ilorin Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), with the theme: “International Trends in Peace Action and Peace Research: South-North”.
Meyer, who is the Secretary-General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), explained that no culture has a right to degrade its womanhood.
“Even if you can do nothing about it, you at least must never make a statement that supports any notion of cultural relativism, not when the dignity and fundamental rights of humanity are involved.
“It is not surprising that the first Nobel Prize awarded to a person from the global South, aside President Carlos Saavedra, was to an African, Chief Albert Luthuli.
“The significant African organisation against Western colonialism and oppression, combined with African resistance, indicates that the power of love has invariably made the difference and helped us to rid ourselves of institutional and individual oppressions.
“It is important that people from all over the world understand this significant reality” Meyer said.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age, in his address, ascribed the growing violence in African societies to injustice, poverty and inequality.
The Vice Chancellor was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Services, Prof. Fatai Sule.
Age said the root of the pervasive conflicts in Africa can only be uprooted if culture of African values that are built on justice, fairness, and equity are imbibed.
The VC called on Africans to retrace their steps and adopt African traditional values to eliminate structural tensions that will give birth to indigenous framework for building peace in Africa.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of the center, Prof. Noah Yusuf said the event was in two folds, personality lecture and public book presentation.
He said peace is eluding Nigeria because there are many people in the country that are conflict contractors, campaigners whose profit and business is to gain from conflicts.
Yusuf suggested that the government must be proactive to identify those that are fuelling conflicts and make those apprehended face the wrath of the law.
The Royal Father of the day, Alhaji Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, said the Boko Haram insurgencies might not be unconnected with differences in living.
The Royal father urged the Federal Government bridge the gap between the poor and the rich.
He said the fact that Nigeria was colonised by the British and operate the American system of government was also a factor because our attempt to module the two together has not helped us at all.
Highlight of the occasion was a short play promoting peace by the students of the institution’s department of Performing Arts.