The Minister of Tour ism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, weekend, appealed to the Islamist group, Boko Haram, and others disenchanted with the nation to sheathe their sword and join the struggle for peaceful co-existence and nation building.
Duke, while addressing a press conference to mark the 2012 International Peace Day in Abuja, noted that no development could be achieved in the atmosphere of chaos.
Represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the minister maintained that Nigeria is blessed with human and material resources, but it is so unfortunate that it could not impact on the lives of its citizens due to corruption and insecurity.
Speaking on this year theme: 'Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future', he said that "what rightly comes to mind is the need for sober reflection on the way and manner peace is truncated globally".
He continued, "I therefore use this platform to urg e every Nigerian especially those who have been disenchanted with the Nation, to sheathe their swords, down their tools and arms and think of how to contribute to peaceful co-existence, harmonious living and nation building.
"Our nation is at the threshold of history where our economy blossoms but could not impact on the lives of the masses because of insecurity, insurrection and insurrection and insurgency".