The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), has charged Nigerian youths to remain steadfast to the Nigerian project despite the myriad of challenges dogging the country.
Stakeholders during a 2-day National Seminar on ravaged areas due to insurgency in various parts of Nigeria organised by NICO throw the challenge noting that Nigeria’s unity remains sacrosanct.
In his welcome address, Executive Secretary and Chief Executive officer of NICO, Ado Muhammed Yahuza said the event is most important and timely considering the multiple social and economic challenges bedevilling the nation.
Represented by Mallam Ibrahim Hussaini, Yahuza stated that the aim of the seminar is solely to reshape the thinking and culture of the teeming citizens to ensure absolute tolerance and togetherness despite our diversity.
Yahuza expressed optimism that the seminar will go a long way in reorienting our younger generation to work assiduously in the maintenance of peace enterprise of the nation.
Earlier, special guest of honour at the occasion and former speaker of Adamawa state house of Assembly, Hassan Turaki charged participants to be attentive so that they will understand the context of the seminar so as to step down the messages to the larger society.
Turaki observed that poverty and unemployment is a major contributory factor to the security challenges bedevilling our country, citing #EndSARS protests, Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and banditry as examples.
Turaki providing job opportunities and empowerment as well as skills acquisition programs are some key pillars in addressing these teething problems facing Nigeria.
Zonal Director (North East) of NICO, Yola office, Mrs Jane Anigana said that the seminar was targeted at the youths being the leaders of tomorrow with a view that their mindsets can be channeled towards changing the narrative in a positive way.
She thanked all invitees and participants for turning up to grace the occasion explaining that scholars and security experts will be making representations on topics like; culture rebirth as panacea for sustainable peace and development in Nigeria, ethnic and religious tolerance as building blocks for peace and unity in Nigeria.
Other areas include; promoting peace and security through youth and women empowerment, understanding the relationship between culture and sustainable national development in Nigeria and towards fostering a culture of peace and Non-violence in Nigeria.