Abuja - First Lady Patience Jonathan called on troubled regions across the world to embrace ceasefire in celebration of World Peace Day.
Jonathan made the appeal in Abuja at an event organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to mark the 2013 World Peace Day.
"The International Day of Peace should be an international day for ceasefire, the killings around the globe should stop,’’ she said.
Represented by Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Olajumoke Akinjide, Jonathan appealed to Nigerians to shun violence and embrace the peace.
She pledged commitment to promote peace initiatives within the country and beyond, noting that peace remained the best way to "break the vicious circle of violence’’.
She also stressed the need to inculcate good moral and ethical values in young persons.
Jonathan decried cult practices in primary and post primary schools, describing the development as unacceptable in the nation’s quest for peace.
She said that young people had become tools for perpetrating heinous crimes and political violence.
Jonathan advised that education should be given priority to ensure economic growth, peace and stability in the country.