YOUTHS TO HOLD SUMMIT TO TACKLE NATIONAL CRISES
The First Nigerian Youths Multi- Stakeholders Dialogue Summit scheduled to hold this month in Abuja has been postponed. The event will how hold on July 2, 2012.
In a release signed by Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, the convener and Chairman and Yinka Sotade, Secretary, Summit Organizing committee, and made available to Sunday Sun, the decision to postpone the summit was necessitated by the need for a more robust and wider consultation with relevant stakeholders at the grassroots in a bid to bringing all possible views to the roundtable.
He said the summit will address the numerous challenges confronting the nation and identify the unique roles that youths can play in putting an end to the monstrous insecurity that stares us in the face.
The statement reads in part: 'We hope to have you present at this noble event where we seek to promote sustainable peace, unity and reconciliation within Nigeria towards the actualization of an egalitarian society where prosperity and sustainable development will be guaranteed for all.
'We shall be unfolding the possibility of the power and beauty of united action with mutual understanding; tolerance and trust across every ethno-religious divide in this country as a most fundamental asset and foundation to strive towards the sustainable development and growth of our dear country.'We are a group of youth leaders, activists, democrats, professionals, students, artisans and researchers who are deeply concerned about the direction in which the Nigerian society and its people are heading, and the state of national and global politics in general.
'In furtherance of our vested interest of contributing selflessly to the development of our communities and the country at large, we have engaged in wide consultations among ourselves on the need to take action that is capable of complementing all efforts aimed at making this country great again.' The group said it is no longer news that ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria is becoming consolidated and perennial, with underdevelopment and poverty growing at an alarming rate.
'The reoccurring crisis amplified by the emerging trend of insurgency and terrorism has compelled thousands of Nigerians to abandon their places of domiciliation to seek refuge in their towns of origin or in neighboring states.
'While the country battles perennially with ethno religious and political crisis with the quantum of dismal and far reaching consequences on innocent citizens unabated, this new and more dangerous dimension of hostility and bloodshed that has suddenly resurfaced in the annals of our country's affairs is quite worrisome. Militancy, insurgency and several acts of terrorism are fast becoming the medium adopted by different segments of the country's population to register some form of discontent, reservation, cry of marginalization or alienation of their ethno-religious groups or regions.'