By Ahmed Ajikobi
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has described dialogue and negotiation as the only solution to Nigeria’s problem as the nation is a multi ethno- religious society.
Ahmed stated this at the Banquet hall, Ilorin on Saturday during a symposium themed: “I stand for one Nigeria,” organised by Youth Awareness Initiative for Social Reform and Ideal Change (YAINSRIC) in collaboration with Brain Builders International (BBI).
The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser (Special Duty), Mrs Felicia Faremi added that Nigerians should desist from hate speeches, tolerate others for an egalitarian society which can become the pride of Africa.
He further stated that, this symposium meets up with the current situation.
“Some of us that are aging gradually plus our youths that are growing fast, discussing a sensitive issue on the unity and progress of our dear nation Nigeria is so laudable.
“All of us no matter where we come from let us build Nigeria and make it home,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the National Coordinator of YAINSRIC, Olajide Adekanye said the symposium is the contribution of the group towards peace building in the state and Nigeria at large.
Adekanye further stated, “Peace is a necessary ingredient in the survival and development of societies. As such, conscious or deliberate efforts may be required to inculcate the attitude, spirit and skills of peace and peaceful coexistence for the enthronement and sustenance of peace in conflict prone society like Nigeria.
“No society achieves meaningful development in an atmosphere of chaos and violence. One only needs to draw lessons from the horrendous consequences of divisive rhetoric in the country.”
He added that the symposium would provide a platform for the guest speakers to sensitise the participants on the advantages of an indivisible and indissoluble Nigeria.