Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Ahead of 2019 general elections, the founder of Great Achievers Award and convener of “I Stand for Peace Road Walk”, Comrade John Anyebe, has tasked youth in Bwari Area Council of FCT to embrace peace and shun violence.
He made the call in Bwari during a road walk show to sensitize youths on the danger of violence during and after elections, noting that youths in Nigeria have been misled as they are used for political violence and various levels of criminalities instead of being used as agents of positive change.
According to him, “We started this peace campaign from Bwari Area Council because of what happened here last December and we intend to use this place as a pilot scheme to reach other Area Councils and we call on our royal chiefs to take the lead by standing with us in this campaign for peace.
“To all youth, I charge you to shun every call to violence from any politician, choose to be an ambassador and an advocate of peace.”
Similarly, Comrade Zaka Nehemiah, the co-founder of “I Stand for Peace Road Walk”, declared that “we are advocates and ambassadors of peace.
“Peace is priceless and we are calling on all politicians, royal chiefs, and every elders in Nigeria to stop using the youths for their personal political gains to perpetuate violence in Nigeria. Stop killing our dreams and stop destroying our future.”
Also speaking, the Sarkin Bwari, Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro emphasized the need for peace in any environment saying, “without peace there cannot be progress, and I am appealing to the youths, to keep away from violence.
“We see the efforts of the Minister of the FCT at maintaining peace in Bwari and I want to use this medium to call on him to do more to empower the youths with more jobs and businesses so as to keep them off the path of political violence, criminality and drug abuse.”
He also revealed that there has been several meetings on security issue with both religious and traditional chiefs aimed at charging youths in their various domains to stay away from violence and embrace peaceful coexistence.
Ijakoro equally stressed that peace is the only prerequisite to the growth and development of any society, while assuring that the violence that rocked Bwari Area Council last December will not occur again.
“I also charge religious leaders to preach peace in churches and mosques and to also continue in prayers for peace in Bwari and in Nigeria as a whole”, he stated.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chairman Bwari Area Council, Ahmed Nagimba who represented the chairman of the council, Hon Musa Dikko, has enumerated efforts of the council chairman who he said is concerned about peace and security in Bwari and in Nigeria.
He said; “The council chairman has been doing a lot towards ensuring a peaceful coexistence in Bwari. He has scheduled a monthly meeting for the two royal fathers in Bwari and the various security agencies come together to discuss modalities of ensuring peace and security.
“Where there are problems, we lay it down and make sure that things are sorted out peacefully. The ugly incidence that took place last year will be the last.
“The two royal fathers have been made to understand that their offices and responsibilities vary and they in turn have accepted each other and embraced peace.”