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Violent Extremism: Stakeholders Make Case For Youth Involvement

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Stakeholders have advocated the implementation of International Dialogue on Peace building and State building (IDPS) principles to curb violent extremism in the lake Chad Basin and called for youth involvement in the fight against terrorism.

This unanimous call was made in Abuja yesterday during the launch of report on the United Nations Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and the Role of Young People in Preventing Violent Extremism in the Lake Chad Basin.

In his remarks, the Director General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Dr Bakut Tswah said the presentations are apt particularly dealing with the future (Youths).

He said the reports reveal that there are youths actively engaged in tackling violent extremism and hence the need to give them an enabling environment and support.

In his opening address, Mr Andy Nkemneme said Nigeria is yet to sign the IDPS which is a new deal to improve current development policy and practice in fragile and conflict affected states.

“We have gathered together today to publicly present both studies and deliberate how these documents can be localized in Nigeria to guide the countries implementation of its Youth, Peace and Security agenda as embedded in the UNSCR 2250 and especially in the context of the implementation of the IDPS and the new deal,” he said

Ngozi Ijeoma Ajiamah, Proprietress, Markengee Home for Orphans and Widows in her presentation, Role of Young People in Preventing Violent Extremism in the Lake Chad Basin charged policy makers to carry youths along to reduce idleness.

She said over time,youths in the lake chad basin have been brainwashed and used as foot soldiers to unleash terror.

In her recommendations, she called on international actors to promote soft approach policy to preventing violent extremism and also improve livelihood of at risk youths and other vulnerable populations and improve job access.

She added that population control measures should be put in place in the region and also enhance the capacity and level of trust in the judicial system and rule of law.

Other solutions proffered include discrediting of violent extremism and harmonisation of Qur’anic education in the region, adding that leaders should stop stereotyping youths who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow.

In a goodwill, the chairman,Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Crimes Commission (ICPC) Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said the critical role of young people in activities geared towards preventing violent extremism cannot be over emphasized.

Bolaji who was represented by board member ICPC Hon Hannatu Mohammed said for  every action of the youth today lies ahead inevitable positive or negative consequences.

He noted that Nigeria stands a better chance of a better society if youths opt for the right choices.

“In this case,working against everything that confronts security and rejecting violent extremism in a constructive manner.

“It is our strong belief that preventing corrupt acts from occurring is more cost effective than settling for the financial and non financial wastages involved in the process of bringing corrupt people to book,if you ever get through with it,” he said.


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