The Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) has concluded plans to train 45 youths drawn from various ethnic groups on how to entrench peace and unity in the country.
The Chairman of FEHN, Mr Allen Onyema, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lagos on Monday.
Onyema, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Limited, said the traineees were drawn from the Oodua People Congress (OPC), Arewa Youths and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He said the training of these youths was part of his contribution to the quest for unity and ethnic harmony in Nigeria.
“As first effort, we are training 45 youths from OPC, Arewa and IPOB. The trainers will soon arrive Nigeria. This is our effort to ensure that Nigeria remains one united country.
“The truth is that we are better off living together and if any part of this country splits, it can never rise to any level compared to if all Nigerians are living together because this country is a great country, which we must work hard to sustain.
“One thing you cannot take away from Nigeria is our resilience and this resilience comes from the fact that most Nigerian want to remain Nigerians.
“I think what most people are against is perceived injustice or imbalance but the most beautiful thing is that most people want one, big Nigeria than a fragmented Nigeria,” Onyema said.
According to him, after the training in Nigeria, the beneficiaries will also be taken overseas for further training at FEHN’s expense.
Onyema said the objective of the training was to make the beneficiaries to eschew all those things that create division among the various ethnic nationalities.
He said it would help them to build Nigeria as one, united entity and also help to galvanise their members to unite and campaign for one united Nigeria.
Onyema noted that FEHN had been promoting peace and unity in Nigeria, an effort started during the Niger Delta militancy, which contributed immensely in quelling the crisis in that part of the country.
He expressed optimism that the current agitations by the various groups in the country would soon be over, adding that Nigerians must begin to see themselves as one people irrespective of ethnic background.
“Yes there is tension. If I tell myself there is no tension, it will be a lie. But we all must be positive about it.
“One thing I want to say to my fellow Nigerians is that conflict is part of life. Conflict can become a catalyst for positive change; it depends on the kind of approach or response you give to issues of conflict.
” If you give the right approach to issues of conflict it becomes a catalyst for positive change.
“However, if you give the wrong response to issues of conflict, it becomes an avenue for catastrophe. So we should make the present conflict as catalyst for positive change,” Onyema said.(NAN)