The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has expressed concern over the security challenges facing mankind.
The Institute noted that violent extremism has pushed people to elevate carnage, destruction of lives and properties, disrespect for human rights and humanitarian laws beyond human comprehension.
The Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut Bakut, represented by the head of Research and Policy Analysis, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, made this known while declaring open the 5th international conference on love and tolerance: countering violent extremism for peaceful co-existence, held in Abuja in conjunction with UFUK Dialogue Foundation.
Dr. Bakut said love and tolerance are vital in countering security challenges, adding that love and tolerance are key drivers of positive human relationships.
The D-G said, “All over the world, stakeholders are concerned about the growing level of violent extremism in many parts of the world.”
“This concern has been worsened by the effective deployment of modern information and communication technology to propagate extremists’ views and actions across national boundaries.”
Bakut however said there was hope to reverse the trend if humanity can imbibe love and tolerance. “These virtues need to be appreciated and viewed as universal norms of human thought, spirituality and solidarity. It will foster peaceful co-existence among people of different backgrounds.”