By Gami Tadanyigbe
Amb. Gabriel Oyibode, a stakeholder in the World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation, has called on Nigerian youths to embrace peace and shun any form of violence for the development of the country.
Oyibode made the call at the World Habitat Leadership Conference and Awards in Abuja.
The event was organised by World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation.
According to him, the conference, with the theme “Building a sustainable habitat on the pillar of peace, security and development is aimed at addressing issues concerning the Human Habitat.
He observed that a sustainable habitat was designed to have all the basic amenities of life to guarantee peace and security for the good of mankind.
“The impact and consequences of conflict and absence of peace, security and development has brought loss in socio-economic and political diversity.
“This conference is to arouse the consciousness of leaders particularly the government and NGOs whose action or inactions concerns Human Habitat.
“There is need to foster deeper understanding of the precarious issues confronting the human habitat in particular, and the ecosystem in general,” he said.
The ambassador noted that the cost of rehabilitation and reconstructions of destroyed human habitat at war and conflict zones had ran into billions of dollars.
He, however, urged the youths in the country to embrace peace and shun any form of violence capable of bringing causing conflict for the development of the country.
“In the wake of these ravaging situations, infrastructure of diverse description including schools are destroyed forcing them into IDPs.
“Here we can see the total absence of peace and security and the enthronement of underdevelopment and seeming loss of hope for mankind.
“Again at the world stage, almost the entire Syrian human habitat space has been destroyed by war, so also is Yemen, as was in Libya not too long ago,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of other awardees, Mr Ejiofor Emmanuel, the General Overseer of Praise Land Spring Gospel Church, thanked the organisers and other participants describing the event as step to foster peace and development.
Emmanuel promised to use the opportunity to advice youths in the country on the need to embrace positive values to foster peace and development in the country.