The Role of Counselling and Use of Persuasive Language as Means of Achieving Peace and Sustainable Development in Nigeria
Mmegwa, Patricia Uwamezi
Institute of Education
University of Jos. Nigeria
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Theresa Uchechi Ejikeme
Department of Educational Foundations
Faculty of Education
University of Jos, Nigeria
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Bernadette Ebele Ozoji (Ph.D)
Department of Science and Technology Education
Faculty of Education
University of Jos. Nigeria
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This paper highlights the role of counselling as a process that facilitates one ’s awareness and capacity to prevent and solve problems, and the importance of the use of persuasive language in counselling in achieving peace and sustainable development in Nigeria. The centrality of persuasive language as a basic and essential tool of effective counselling for changing attitudes o/‘people of all ages in the society is such that cannot be ignored in discussing how counselling can contribute to the achievement of peace, unity and sustainable development in Nigeria. The menace of current ethnic and religious insurgencies in the country has created the feeling of insecurity among the citizenry thereby threatening the unity of Nigeria This situation calls for counselling of especially the insurgent youths and their sponsors to toe the line of peace. To achieve the desired peace and the change of attitude, the language to be used should be that of persuasion: it should be devoid of religious, cultural or whatsoever sentiment The paper advocates the use of persuasive language that adds value to the client ‘s knowledge of the essence of peaceful coexistence and unity in diversity in a plural society like Nigeria In order to get the message down to the grassroots. the paper
suggested that competent interpreters who will not distort communication should be used to early the message of peace to all the nooks and crannies of the country especially the crises prone areas. The paper was of the view that counselling should not be restricted to the school environment alone as not all the youths are in school but should be extended to the homes, communities, religious settings, government and to other relevant authorities concerned with peace making. Effort is made by the authors to demonstrate how persuasive communication can induce either peace or conflict. The paper also highlights the demands of persuasive communication for peace and also persuasive techniques counsellors can use in peace making in the country It is obvious that the use the persuasion rather than coercion will achieve the desired peace and development in Nigeria.

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