The role of the Nigerian youth in promoting peace and conflict resolution.

Conflict resolution can simply be defined as a process of analysing a problem and strategising a solution to sort out the differences between two parties in discord. It can also be referred to as the method used to solve problems between two parties, individuals, community or nations. Peace and conflict resolution is very important in the world today.

The process of resolution brings an agreement between the parties involved in the conflict. Peace cannot be achieved without bringing the pieces together. This can only be achieved by strategising for change, mobilising for advancement, erasing shallow thinking and taking responsibility for every action taken.

In any situation, it is not a matter of who is right but who is left i.e. who is on the other side, who is the person with a different perspective. We should learn to listen twice as much as we speak so as to sample other people’s opinions. It is imperative that deliberate actions should be taken to achieve these feats.

The youth are a very important factor in peace and conflict resolution as they stand the chance of being used as elements for violence, hooliganism and conflict-making. We have seen such cases in countries where terrorism is the order of the day. Also, the elites and power hungry politicians make the youth in their communities cause problems so that they can achieve their own selfish interests in government. The youth are vulnerable to these proposals because they don’t have the right education. The type of education here is that which was defined by Napoleon Hill when he said, That word education is derived from the Latin word ‘educo,’ meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within. An educated man is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge.

An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action.

It only takes a man of purpose to see that he gets the right education. The wrong school is the wrong mentality acquired over the years, the youth must be responsible enough to design their future based on their vision.

They should be empowered and motivated to be change agents in our environment. They have the strength, mental alertness, speed, ideas and information necessary to create positive change. The youth must be catalysts for change and not catalysts for destruction.
Youths has a significant role to play in bringing change in their society.

Historically, youths has been a vanguard and instrumental for all revolutions, the Nigerian revolution cannot be exceptional, therefore, youths has to be ever ready cognitively, physically and not become reluctant in demanding for their participation and enforcing level playing grown for their betterment and involvement in governance.

All of this cannot be achieved without the youths being positive and clinching a more responsible and committed attributes, patriotism, and respect among themselves and for elders.

Kwame Nkrumah (Ghanaian president) said that “Circumstances can be changed by revolution and revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”. Therefore, it is upon the youth to become men in their thoughts and mental capability, rather than just in their physical fitness or vigour.

Finally, i am calling on the government to consider utilizing more of these less greedy young people into the process of governance and create an enabling atmosphere for their betterment by providing qualitative, accessible and affordable educational system and creating job opportunities to cater for poverty and civic crime, so that we can save more to make our roads and health system better, thereby keeping our currency within our country to boost our economy and save thousands of lives.

Mal. Babangida Ruma
Social Scientist.



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