Revd. Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christians Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), on Saturday urged Nigerian youths to rise up and complement government’s efforts to address the challenges facing the country.
Pam made the call in Abuja, while playing host to the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the Coalition of Ethnic Youths Leaders of Nigeria (CEYLON).
He stressed that youths must take up responsibilities and work for nation building, while urging them to channel their grievances to the authorities and embrace dialogue for peaceful resolution.
The NCPC boss said that the best way to achieve peace was through dialogue, adding that the only way to build a great nation was for all ethnic groups to come together and discuss issues affecting the country’s unity.
The President of NYCN, Sukubo Sara-Igbe, said that due to the fact that the yet-to-be identified hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protests, were largely young people, the council was convinced that the nation’s youth constituency ought to band together to find lasting solutions to issues.
“We are using this opportunity to appeal for ceasefire or any form of action that can escalate the tension in the country, as we continue to encourage dialogue.
“We believe that what is needed is a de-escalation and peacebuilding strategy, owned and operated by all critical stakeholders, particularly the youth.
“We, however, encourage the government to focus on ongoing reforms, stop abusive police practices, ensure justice for all victims and overhaul the nation’s security and law enforcement architecture.
“We believe that we, as the young people of Nigeria, must be allowed to contribute our own quota towards proffering and implementing solutions to national challenges.
“We wish to announce to government, at all levels, that we are set to hold the first National Youth Peace Conference in Abuja in the first quarter of 2021”, Sara-Igbe said.
According to him, the conference will bring together youths from different backgrounds, to discuss the roles of young people in the present circumstances of the country.
“It will also proffer workable solutions for implementation by government and every critical stakeholder in the Nigeria project.
“Local and international friendly youth organisations shall also participate at the event. We have a country to build and we can only achieve this, if we work together,” he added.