The Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has reitrates his commitment to work for the Unity and peaceful coexistence of the country, Nigeria, added that United Nigeria is not negotiable.
According to the minister, “Nation building evolves and develops through process and dialogue, he noted that no nation gets it right through violence.
Nwajiuba made this known during a courtesy visit to his office on Tuesday by Arewa Consultative Youth Forum (ACYF) led by its National President, Malam Yusuf Olayinka Erubu, in Abuja.
The minister who used the medium to appeal to the youth in the South east to use the peaceful and dialogue options to push for their demands if there is any one at all.
The minister added that youth should not made themselves available for use to destroy unity and peaceful coexistence Nigerians have been enjoying over the years.
According to the minuster, “No nation in the world is one tribe or religion, overtime they work on it to come to a common ground.
“America comprises of different groups of people that came together to make it United States of America, the samething goes to Europe, UAE, even in Nigeria, we have many tribes and languages within a state and yet we live together as a state. A state like Adamawa has about 84 languages and they are living together as one state.”
Earlier in his remarks, the President of the ACYF, told the minister reasons for the courtesy visit, he said, “owing to the growing trend of security challenges across the nation, ACYF is organising a Youth Summit by July in Lokoja in Kogi state capital where youths from the 19 northern States would be converging to brainstorm on possible way to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria, particularly, the northern Nigeria.
Erubu also used the visit to request the support of the Federal ministry of Education through the State Minister to actualise the Summit.
He highlights problem facing the youth in northern Nigeria such as unemployment, drug abuse, kidnapping, banditry as well as insurgency.
The ACYF youth leader emphasised the need for the Youth Summit that will bring all the youth together to finding lasting solution to the lingering problem in the region.
Nwajiuba however promised to support the Nigerian youth to achieve success in their forthcoming Summit billed to hold in Lokoja, the minister thereby directed the group to liase with his Special Adviser, Political Matters, Hajia Bilikis Abubakar Siddiq on possible way the ministry can be involved.
Erubu who described the honourable minister as a cosmopolitan and detribalised person said his intervention in appealing to the youth in the eastern part of the country would go along way in addressing the crisis rocking the nation.
He alluded to the fact that the bulk of the crisis rocking the country are being caused by the youth, he then allayed the fear being nursed by Igbo people who have chosen the northern part of the country as their place of residents and suitable place to do their lawful bussinesses to be rest assured that nothing would happen to them as long as they remain law abiding citizen of their host communities and states irrespective of where they come from.
He added that, “We are all Nigerian and we are one indivisible nation.
Accorfing to him, “There is no other place we can call our country order than Nigeria.”
Appreciating the countribution of the Honourable minister for his meaningful contribution to the education sector and Nigeria in general, a specially designed T-Shirt and a qoute of Arm labelled-spread was presented to the honourable minister alongside other youth representative from ten states of the north.
Among the youths who present during the visit are Malam Abdulkadir Imam from Kogi, Malam Abdulrahman Aliagan, FCT, Miss Mariam Sanni from Kaduna, Atunrase Collins from Lagos, Tegrey Adovor from Benue.
Others are Aminu Abdullahi from Nasarawa and Suleiman Ibraheem Kwara state.