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Published On: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Centre to stage peace summit in Abuja

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The Abuja Center for Creative and Youth Development (ACCYD), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) says it has perfected plans to stage a youth summit aimed at promoting peace in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the six geopolitical zones of the country.

 The Centre observed that peaceful coexistence remains the panacea for rapid development of any society, even as they called on both government and civil populace to embrace peace.

Disclosing this Abuja during a world press conference, as part of activities to mark the regional peace summit, the President and Founder of the NGO, Comrade Bala Awalu, acknowledged that the recent challenge has overwhelming effects on the political, social and economic development of the country.

 Awalu, who was flanked by other members of his group, noted that despite efforts made by government and other stakeholders to address the recent challenges peaceful coexistence has suddenly become a scarce commodity in FCT and the country at large.

 “There is no doubt; peace has eluded some parts of the country owing to senseless attack by some sects. This devilish act has elicited great concern among patriots who are determined to explore available instrument to put it at bay.

 “Worried by this development, Abuja Center for Creative and Youth Development a youth focus NGO has as one of its cardinal objectives to create awareness and explore avenue to educates and sensitize Nigerians on the imperativeness of imbibing ethnics and values that will revive the conscience of Nigerians towards peaceful coexistence,” he stressed.

He therefore called on stakeholders particularly the political class to portray their conduct in a manner that will ensure peaceful co-existence before and after the 2015 general elections.

 “We are aware of the hardship and trauma experienced by the victims of injustice across the country. And as a result, ACCYP has design series of programs and action plan to achieve the much needed peace. This is encapsulated in our Support Peace Project (SPP) schedule to flag off soon in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

 “This we believe will add to the efforts of other stakeholders bent on ensuring we live as one strong and united entity, as we have no other home than Nigeria,” he added.

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