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PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE ADVOCATED ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

 Human Rights activists have called on Nigerians to be tolerance of one another for peaceful co-existence and respect for fundamental human rights.

They expressed their views while speaking on this year’s International Day for tolerance.

The United Nations International Day for Tolerance celebrated on November 18 every year was proclaimed to educate people on the need for tolerance in the society and to create awareness on the consequences of intolerance.

The event further provides a platform for individuals to recognize and respect the rights and beliefs of others.

International Day for Tolerance also urges youths and students across the globe to shun violence and embrace tolerance.

Highlighting the need for tolerance in the society a human rights activist, Mr Godstime Okafor and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Emechi Onyia noted that tolerance was a virtue that can be cultivated for resolving conflicts in crisis situations.

Considering the importance of tolerance to the very existence of the society, how can this virtue be enhanced in young people who are considered as tomorrow’s leaders?

A Public Affairs Analyst in Enugu, Mr James Aneke, who enumerated the advantages associated with tolerance observed that the extent to which individuals can show tolerance cannot be quantified.

Mr Aneke further stressed that tolerance could enhance unity if citizens could recognize the benefits.

EVELYN AWUNOR

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