By; BUHARU B. BELLO, Jos
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Ahmed Idris Wase, has appealed to the youth in Plateau State to shun all forms of vices and embrace peace, adding that there wont be any meaningful development without peace.
Speaking at the first-ever Plateau North Peace Unity and Reconciliation Football Tournament organised by the Senator representing Plateau North, Sen. Istifanus Gyang, in Jos, on Saturday, the Deputy Speaker who served as a special guest of honour said peace in Plateau North will have ripple effects across the state and country.
“There is no tribe in Nigetia that does not have its people here on the Plateau, so Plateau has become a mini Nigeria where all tribes and religions divides are represented,” he said.
He charged the youth not to allow themselves to be used by unpatrotic Nigerians, adding that the tournament will serve as a unifying factor among the ethnic and religious diversity on the Plateau.
Earlier in his remarks, Sen. Gyang said the idea behind the tournament was anchored on the desire and need to change the nagetive narrative and rebuild a confidence and togetherness against the challenge of insecurity which the constituency faced at varying times for upward two decades.
“We therefore, can through constructive engagement, not only profit but turn ethnic and religious diversity into an asset and in the process, transform Plateau North to become the model of recovery in overcoming adversity, animosity and hate.”
The tournament which kicked off at Rang Pam Township Stadium in Jos, was attended by former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and many football fans.