Abuja youths hold peace walk, kick against violence  

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja 

Abuja City, Nigeria.

Youths in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have vowed never to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians to cause violence, destroy property and kill anyone anymore.

The youths made their position known over during a peace walk organised by an Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organization, I Stand for Peace in Nigeria, in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mr John Shaibu Anyebe who led the FCT, Bwari coordinators, in Bwari Area Council and other members of the organisation for the peace walk to Esu Bwari and Sarkin Bwari’s palaces, stated that the youths were the pillar upon which the country is built and warned against destruction by youth in whatever form, for whatever purpose.

Assuring the royal fathers of their commitment to peaceful coexistence in the FCT, Mr Anyebe said:l, “as nation builders, we want to sustain the peace in the FCT. We do not want violence, but we cannot forget the two incidents of 2017 and 2018 when Bwari was brought to a halt because of violence, which unfortunately led to huge loss of property and lives.”

He appealed to all youths in the FCT and Nigeria at large to always pursue that path of peace in all their dealings and shun acts that would result to violence.

The group coordinator also pointed out that without peace, there would be no development and no future, even as he urged them not to fall prey to the divisive and violent antics of politicians, among others.

While addressing the youths in his palace, the Esu Bwari HRH Ibrahim Yaro expressed appreciation that the youths have finally discover that they were being used to foment violence in the FCT, especially in Bwari area council.

The royal father tasked them not to forget that they would be the ones to lead the country in the future.

He advised them to stay away from drug abuse and cultism, reminding them of their responsibilities to their children and families when they have them.

Represented by the Dami Dami of Bwari, Chief Timothy Dakoyi, the Esu said: “I thank God you now understand that you are the fathers and leaders of tomorrow and have decided to amend your tomorrow. Stay away from drug abuse and cultism, it will not help you” and queried: “When you become fathers and are behaving like this, how are you going to train and take care of your children tomorrow?”

He therefore charged them to spread the message of peace across the

Territory and the nation so that there would be the needed peace in the country for sustainable development.

On his part, Sarkin Bwari, HRH Awwal Musa Ijakoro also expressed gratitude to the youths for standing for peace in Bwari and Nigeria.

The royal father who was represented by Madakin Bwari, Alhaji Mohammed Danbaba Angola corroborated the Esu, stated that the elders could not have any meaningful life without the youths who would also one day become elders.

Pointing out that Nigeria belonged to all irrespective of religious leaning, Ijakoro advised the youths to take advantage of their upcoming peace summit to sensitize themselves on the imperative of peace, even as he reminded them not to allow a repeat of experiences of the past year’s, when the city was unguided in crisis prior to festive periods.

“Do not allow this your programme to crash. Let it move from strength to strength because it is a very essential programme that will keep the peace we currently enjoy in Bwari.”

Another speaker at the event, the Director, Youth Development, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Hajarat Titilayo Alayende pledged the continued support of her organisation to every effort targeted at ensuring peace in the FCT and called on the residents, especially the youth to crave for peace instead of revolution.

Alayende who was represented by a Deputy Director, Youth Development, Kumsal Wuyep also advised the youths to always work together and speak with one voice over national and issues involving them.

Coordinators of I Stand with Peace in Nigeria in FCT and Bwari Area Council, Mr. Zaka Nehemia and David Blessing Abire who also spoke, said that the youths were determined toward ensuring that peace reigned in the FCT and Bwari area council.

Nehemia who advised the elders not to lure youths into violent behaviours with money and other things, added that it was the elders that had money to buy weapons for the youths to use.