By Ibironke Ariyo
A coalition of youth organizations said Nigerians must stand united to defend the integrity of the nation.
The group’s chief executive, Mr. Oladele Nihi, a prominent youth activist, made the appeal at the launch of the book “Tripod” by Mr. Paschal Aroke on Thursday in Abuja.
The coalition, from Governor Yahaya Bello to President Yahaya Bello (GYB2PYB), is a group of young people who have come together to mobilize Nigerians to woo Bello in the 2023 presidential race.
Even more worrying, he said, is that over 70 to 80 percent of those involved in this evil act are young people.
“To date, criminals like Boko Harams have spread not only from the northeast, but also from the northwest, middle belts and also from the southeast.
“It’s worrying because I call on the government and the security apparatus to step up their game, but above all, I call on young Nigerians.
“Young people need to defend the territorial integrity of our country because this generation of leaders that we have today has little time to spend with us,” he said.
Nihi said the young are the youngest, saying the country is now theirs and should not allow the country to end.
“We have to defend Nigeria, we have to fight to keep Nigeria united and renounce all these evil acts. I call it evil because when you start to raise your arms against your country
“When you start kidnapping citizens of your country by demanding ransom, killing and stealing, and calling for separation and secession across the country, it is completely wrong and I condemn it.
“As Nigerian youth, we must not continue to complain, it is time for us to take charge of the country by saving the country from the enemies of Nigeria.
“And also talk to ourselves. I mean talking to our fellow citizens who are involved in these despicable acts, ”he said.
The youth activist said the book “Tripod” spoke of the unity of the country by anchoring more strongly on the three main ethnic tribes of Nigeria; Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa.
He recommended the book to anyone who wanted unity, peace and progress in Nigeria, adding that it was important for young people to bring their best to take charge of the country.
Earlier, the book’s author, Aroke, said Nigeria can progress regardless of tribe and religion, hence the reason for the decision to promote unity through creative writing.
Aroke noted that it was evident that there was no unity in the country, adding that it was audible to the deaf and visible to the blind.
According to him, I tell you that in a country where there is no unity, there can be no progress. So it is important that we come together.
“It is important that we forgive each other and it is important that we subscribe to peace and quiet. These are essential ingredients of any innovative and progressive society, ”he said.
Aroke said the government had a lot to do, saying he believed the government could set up programs like a national conference for everyone to come together and discuss Nigeria.
He said it was very important to discuss Nigeria and discuss the way forward as it was very relevant and obvious that there was no peace in the country.
“Nigeria is a big country, we are supposed to explore this diversity. There must be unity in diversity.
“It is important that the federal government calls for spreading unity, even through the Ministry of Information, by offering innovations and programs and of course by training young people.
“Because where there are crises, it is the young people who participate in all these crises. But when you wear them to varying degrees, there will be peace and there will be progress, ”he said. .
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