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‘We killed ourselves mercilessly’ during the civil war – Obasanjo

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Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has recalled how Nigerians killed one another during the civil war, while noting that violence is never the solution to conflicts.

Obasanjo who stated this on Monday in Abeokuta at a youth leadership symposium with the theme “Opportunities for Peace: Roles of the Youths in Conflict Prevention in Africa,” noted that dialogue remained the best way to resolve conflicts in Africa.

The former president said that efforts to inculcate a culture of peace and security in the youth must be intensified to spur them to be at the vanguard of promoting peace rather than being used to perpetrate violence on the continent.

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The programme was put together by the Centre for Human Security and Dialogue in collaboration with the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was part of activities lined up for the 87th birthday of the former president, coming up on Tuesday, March 5.

Obasanjo explained that instead of pushing forward the narratives of hatred, negative attitudes that brew conflicts and then violence, it was important to embrace love and tolerance and see peace as not negotiable for economic growth and prosperity.

He said that the youths must stand firmly against conflicts in any part of Africa and be agents of peace rather than being lured or used as agents of destabilisation.

“We must begin to bring up our youth in a culture of peace and security. The chances are where we have culture of love, we will have peace.

“The first thing to do is to inculcate in the youths the ingredients of peace, which is love and fellowship.

“Look at the attributes that God gave us to have life of stability life of peace; they are, as I mentioned, kindness, mercy, and forgiveness.

“All of these attributes are professed by God, and he shared same with us to make life pleasant for us. But when we build negative attitudes, pull him down, then there will be problems.

“The youth must be at the vanguard of pursuing peace; they must be able to persuade those who believe that guns and violence is the way out of conflicts to have a rethink; the way out is conversation and dialogue.

“We have had our issues here during the civil war; we killed ourselves mercilessly, destroyed our best facilities, but we still came back to the roundtable to get the challenge resolved.

The coordinator of the programme and former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, said that the essence of the symposium was to further drive home the commitment of Obasanjo.

He emphasised that Obasanjo believed that African youths had pivotal roles to play in achieving peace across the continent.
(NAN)

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  1. Mickykarim

    March 6, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    And yet the hypocrite brute enabler of violence lured and prompted the baby brain near 80 Chaley baby boy into taking over Nigeria. Including, telling him they will be killed.

    IT IS THIS HATEFUL SLEAVE NOW TELLING US ABOUT THE NEEDLESS KILLINGS HE PARTICIPATED IN.

    What did he do by urging the near 80 old fool to go organize and take over Nigeria.

    A merry go round, i guess!

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