NewsYouths Urged To Unite, Commit To Peace, Unity, Advancement Of Nigeria

Youths Urged To Unite, Commit To Peace, Unity, Advancement Of Nigeria

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March 02, (THEWILL) – The Borno State Government has charged the youths to take the lead in peace-building and conflict management and learn how to be tolerant irrespective of faith and ethnicity.

The State Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof Usman Tar, stated this during the inauguration of 100 awardees of youths as peace advocates in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He urged the youths to take advantage of their population in Nigeria, just like China took advantage of their population and brought some innovation to boost their economy.

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“Today, we are inaugurating the young peace ambassadors that will be going into the society, trickling down the capacity of peace-building and tolerance that we have taught them.

“The outcome of this exercise is that we now have critical young minds that will serve as ambassadors of peace, go out and target specific communities as well as teach the art of peace, conflict resolution, conflict management, peace-building, and diplomacy so that the society will be more tolerant, more engaging and society will learn to live side by side with people of all faiths and tendency,” he said.

Earlier, the Founder of Peace Ambassadors Center for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment, Amb. Ahmed Shehu, said youths are critical stakeholders in peace processes, urging the people in the community to identify the youths in their community and give them the necessary support.

“As a civil society, we thought we have to play our role towards ensuring we have a stable society.

“What we observed in these efforts is that a critical element is missing. This is the youth group and we thought why can’t we come up with an initiative where we build the capacity of the youth and make them youth advocates and unleash them to the society for peace-building?

“We carefully selected young people and voices across all sectors, from the media, CSOs and academia. Our dream is you would go back to the communities and change the narratives,” Shehu said.

Shehu was awarded for responsible media practice and for promoting a culture of peace.

One of the recipients of the Peace Advocate Award and Social Media Influencer, Aliyu Mohammed Tong, applauded the Peace Ambassadors Center for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment and its partners for finding them worthy of the award after a series of training and community engagements.

“As we accepted the award, we equally took it as a challenge to positively make an impact in our various communities by stepping down the knowledge we gained on reintegration and sustainable peace,” Aliyu said.

Some of the recipients include Mohammed Usman, General Manager of Al-Ansar Radio; Usman Mohammed, Report with Yerwa Express News; Umaru Kirawa, Correspondent of Newscentral Africa, and Zainab Yetunde Adam, Reporter with NTA amongst others.

The project was funded by the British Council in partnership with the Borno State Ministry of Information and Internal Security and implemented by the Peace Ambassadors Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment.

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I am Ladi Dapson, a general writer with thewill. I cover Borno and Yobe states respectively.

I based Maiduguri, Borno State Capital.

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I am Ladi Dapson, a general writer with thewill. I cover Borno and Yobe states respectively. I based Maiduguri, Borno State Capital. I can be reached via ladi4media@gmail.com. Very high and kind regards!

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