Beyond the theoretical discourse on peace, Recommendations have gone out from the Political Science and Strategic Studies Unit of The Federal University Otuoke, that Nigerian youths need to be meaningfully engaged to take them off crime, and political thuggery, while a proactive step should be taken to involve them in the highest level of decision making in the polity.
These formed part of recommendations at the one day seminar on “Peace Building Among Nigerian Youths” and “Nigerian Democracy and its Dividends” organized by the staff and students of the Political Science and Strategic Studies Unit of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University Otuoke.
In their different presentations, the students stated that the present state of violence and insecurity in the country clearly indicates that a conscious effort needs to be taken to address it and entrench peace.
They opined that youths are often used for political thuggery while Godfatherism has become the order of the day in Nigeria’s political system.
They expressed regret that corruption, unemployment, nepotism, cultism, greed, riots have plagued the country for a long time and youths have suffered from the negative effects of these social vices.
They therefore called for enhanced structures that aim at improving youth participation in peace building process adding that youths need channels for self expression.
The presentations further pointed out that peace building is an agenda for everyone not only youths while democracy should be practised in its full context as participatory governance.
Earlier, The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko who attended the seminar, in his view said peace and democracy as a topic for debate are important; expressing optimism that the students who are future leaders will make the country a better one than it is presently.
He commended the organizers of the seminar urging them to involve students often in intellectual exchange.
In their comments, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Philomena Ejele, Dean of Engineering, Prof. Steve Nwabuzor, Dean Student Life, Dr. Marcellina Offoha, Head Political Science and Strategic Studies Unit, Dr. Evans Eze and lecturers within the Unit, and Faculty said the students made their presentation in a passionate manner, displaying confidence and an interest in contemporary issues affecting them.
The seminar further elicited an intellectual exchange among participants.