In commemoration of the 2022 International Peace Day, the United Nations office in Nigeria has urged Nigerians to play their role in fostering peace and combating racism in order to help the country develop more rapidly.

The International Peace Day, which is observed annually on September 21, began with a peace walk at the United Nations House in Abuja as part of the events planned to commemorate the occasion.

In an interview with newsmen, the Peace and Development Advisor Office of the Resident Coordinator of UN House, Kimairis Toogood said the Day seeks to address inclusion and tolerance, which will help to end racism and build peace.

She explained that security is a major concern in Nigeria, and therefore stressed the need for the relevant UN bodies to work in synergy with the electoral body INEC and various stakeholders to provide electoral support that will ensure a peaceful, equitable and inclusive government for all, come 2023.

The theme for the 2022 International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace. The day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence, cease-fire and tackling racism.