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Group charges youths to build peaceful society with skills, intellect

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Nigerian youths have been charged to channel their energy, intellect, skills, and strength to building ideal society where peace, unity and development can thrive. 

The call was made by an apolitical group, African Youth Initiative for Good Governance and Peace to commemorate the
International Day of Peace marked on September 21 every year with the theme for the 2020 celebration tagged: “Shaping Peace Together.”

The group also charged the younger population to desist from being used by desperate politicians as willing tools for violence, thuggery, and any other sinister activities that have the possibilities of threatening state structures.

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The Convener of the group, Oyewole Michael bemoaned youths’ involvement in violent activities capable of destroying the peace of the society, noting that what seems to be communal clash in contemporary society bears its origin from dispute between political actors with selfishly vested interest. 

“The International Day of Peace has been observed around the world since 1982 to uphold the ideal of peace within and among nations and peoples. Intriguingly, peace is a phenomenon best appreciated in its absence. This day affords humanity another unique opportunity to commit to peace irrespective of all differences,” he said.

The group stressed that realising that there is no true peace without justice, government must ensure that perpetrators of violence and their sponsors are brought to book, adding that justice must be served and seen to be served by the people

“Similarly, we task government across board to critically engage peace policy actors and social leaders with concepts, ideas, and suggestions that can prevent the emergence, escalation, and proliferation of conflict which have the possibilities to collapse State structures,” the group added.

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