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Cleric advocates for social justice, lasting peace in nation-building

Cleric advocates for social justice, lasting peace in nation-building

Benjamin Kwashi, retired archbishop of Anglican Diocese of Jos has emphasised the critical roles of soldiers, farmers, and athletes in building a nation, highlighting their unique contributions to social justice and lasting peace.

Kwashi who spoke at the 2nd edition of the National Conference on Social Justice held in Jos stated that there is need for leaders who embody the spirit of a soldier, willing to defend the integrity of humanity regardless of tribal, religious, or gender differences.

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Kwashi expressed his commitment to these principles, emphasising his involvement in the pursuit of Peace and Social Justice (PSJ) in Nigeria, which he described as a call to action.

Speaking on the role of CSOs in transformational leadership and social justice, he stressed the importance of leaders who are ready to sacrifice for the nation and its people, lamenting the lack of such leaders in both the public and private sectors of Nigeria.

Turning to the metaphor of farmers, Kwashi urged individuals to invest in future generations, emphasizing the long-term nature of nation-building.

He drew parallels between farmers planting seeds that may not yield immediate results but contribute to a sustainable future. The call was for leaders to sow the seeds of justice, honesty, integrity, and a deep regard for humanity.

Kwashi also invoked the image of athletes in the marathon of achieving national peace and justice. He encouraged perseverance, likening the struggle to a relay race where each generation passes the baton to the next.

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Drawing inspiration from historical figures like William Wilberforce, who spent 43 years advocating to end slave trade; Kwashi urged individuals to view nation-building as a continuous effort, acknowledging that results may not be immediate.