By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
The ActionaAid Nigeria, has urged youth to always reject instigations from politicians to cause violence and pursue peace in the face of provocation.
The Country Director of ActionAid, Mrs Ene Obi made the admonition at the induction of five hundred (500) Youth Peace Ambassadors in Doma Local Governent Area of the Nasarawa state.
According to the Nigeria’s Country Director of ActionAid, the youth camp organised in partnership with Global Peace Development and Beacon Youth Initiative was in pursuance of the “System and Structure Strengthening Approach against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SERVE II) being implemented in the Nasarawa State.
Mrs Ene Obi explained that as part of approach to preventing conflict and ensuring sustainable peace, they youth camp was aim at building the youths’ capacity in promoting inter-cultral and religious dialogue.
She said that the SERVE II project is supported by Global Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) saying the youth camp brought together 500 youths from twelve (12) communities across six Local Government Areas
“Violent extremism thrives in the face of idleness and marginalisation where many youths fall victims as extremist groups leverage on it to utilise their youthful strength to perpetrate evil and their selfish agenda.
“The Youth Peace Camp seeks to reduce this vulnerability by engaging young men and women in Nasarawa State in constructive dialogues and peace building activities through mentorship and teachings on mediation, intercultural communication, conflict management and peace building initiatives”.
The Country Director also noted that apart from the youth camp, ActionAid is also training women and youths in various skills and assisting them with equipments to practise their vocation.
On his part, the representative of the Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, Deputy Speaker of State Assembly, Hon Nehemiah Tsetse Dandaura said organising youth camp in the State was in line with his administration’s trust of peace building among the youth.
The Governor described the camp as a step in the right direction considering that the participants would be transformed to impact their communities positively.
Earlier, Director of Global Peace Development (GPD), Mr Ebruke Esike said the camping was to stimulate to capacity building of the youths on the maintaining of peace in their communities and in line with United Nations Security Council resolution 2250.
According to Ebruke Esike, the youth would mentally prepared if supported to drive the needed peace and development in the country.
Some participants thanked ActionAid Nigeria and partners for the good gesture and promised to bring in the lesson learned during the camp by promoting peace that the world is crying for.