How to tackle con­flicts in Nigeria, by Amaechi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Rivers State Gover­nor Chibuike Amaechi said at the weekend in Port Har­court that equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Nige­ri­ans to go about their le­git­i­mate businesses would go a long way in ad­dress­ing con­flicts in the coun­try.

He said lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for Nige­rian youths is partly re­spon­si­ble for the in­creas­ing con­flicts in the coun­try.

Amaechi said this when the United States As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State of Bureau for Con­flict Sta­bi­liza­tion and Op­er­a­tions, Rick Bar­ton and the United States Am­bas­sador to Nigeria, James En­twin­s­tle, led a del­e­ga­tion of diplo­mats to the state.

He called on the federal govern­ment to add value to its se­cu­rity oper­a­tion and con­flict re­duc­tion strat­egy in or­der to achieve the needed peace.

“The Nige­rian govern­ment needs to do more to re­duce con­flicts. For me, the way to re­duce con­flict is not just eq­uity but the abil­ity to pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for those who don’t have, be­cause lack of it in­creases con­flicts. But, if ev­ery­body is given nearly equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to go about their businesses and are able to pro­vide for them­selves, the Nige­rian en­vi­ron­ment would likely see peace. If we don’t pro­vide such op­por­tu­ni­ties for them, there would be con­flicts be­cause poverty is every­where”, he said.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe (left) con­grat­u­lat­ing the newly elected State Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Al­haji Mai Mala Buni, shortly af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the APC State Ex­ec­u­tives by the chair­man of the party’s Congress Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, Al­haji Iya Ab­bas, in Da­maturu yes­ter­day

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