The non-governmental organisation, Connected Development and International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) have urged Nigerian youths to shun amplifying hatred, disunity and embrace peace, unity and tolerance amongst themselves.
The event was graced by 25 youth leaders from various political, ethnic, and religious background to discuss the way forward of this country.
The call was made at a dinner for youth to break Ramadan fast,Theme “National Cohesion and Tolerance” said the symbolic act of sharing a meal at such a crucial time, signals to all, a willingness to ignore the things that differentiate us in Abuja, yesterday.
The founder and Chief executive of connected Development (CODE), Hamza Lawal said , Ramadan is a month which every Muslims get closer to his creator, adding that we all worship same God irrespective of our religion, political differences.
He said, “We are not happy with the situation of what is happening in Nigeria today, but as a young person, the destiny of this country is in our hands.
“One of the biggest challenges facing us today is that we so much amplified hatred, disunity, bigotry we should take a stand and tell our elite that we cannot be distracted, no matter what happens “.he said .
The activist said what unites us is greater than what is trying to divide us. That is why we have called for this event so that we can start new conversation, even this Iftar, offline to see that Nigeria belong to all of us.
Hamza said “We must continue to respect each other, tolerate ourselves. I believe we have the big role to play for Nigeria to become great for the future generations, and that future start now.
“We must continue to remind all who care to listen that we cannot, like the trees assuming that the axe handle was one of them, remain silent when fellow citizens who are from without our in-groups are oppressed.
“Our collective responsibility is to protect everyone no matter how different we think they are. As young Nigerians, we are heavily involved in promoting and ensuring peace and unity within our nation.
The executive director of International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED),Elwah Eleri said it is very important for a Nigeria to come together and have conversations around this issues because we have promoted hatred though religion, ethnicity and politics.
“Young people should focus on their future so that we can talk about things that unite us, and also see how we can solve the issue of poverty, low standard of education and lack of job opportunities. If we are able to address this, I think what we are facing today would reduce to the lowest minimum”, he said.
In his remarks, Rev.Fr. Rebert Achiga said in as much we have people who are violent, we also have people who like dialogue, and peace in our society.
“Our country is not without good example among the old folk. For instance, we have the Sultan of Sokoto, is a man many people respect, famous to fovour and his relationship with Christian is what I would encourage our youth to emulate.”