Foun­da­tion tack­les youth vi­o­lence with sports

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Cleen Foun­da­tion based in Lokoja, Kogi state has part­nered with Trees on Earth Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion on a match for Mus­lim and Chris­tian youth to pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, peace and unity amongst them.

Chief Op­er­a­tion Of­fi­cer of Cleen Foun­da­tion, Mr Peter Maduoma, said the match which was the third se­ries, was aimed at pre­vent­ing rad­i­cal­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism in ar­eas that have not been in­fil­trated by rad­i­cal el­e­ments nor be­dev­illed with cri­sis.

“It is ac­tu­ally a pre­ven­tive mea­sure and we are us­ing foot­ball be­cause it is one of the uni­fy­ing game you find all over the world. Foot­ball does not know whether you are a Mus­lim or a Chris­tian or what­ever you be­lieve. We think that it is a game any re­li­gion can play and it shows team work,” he said.

He said the foun­da­tion is prop­a­gat­ing mes­sages of peace and unity through foot­ball and that it is work­ing in Kabba and Lokoja lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

“In each of the teams, we have Mus­lims and Chris­tians. Which­ever team that wins, the team ac­tu­ally won not on the ba­sis of whether you are a Mus­lim or Chris­tian,” he noted.

A par­tic­i­pant, Abubakar Mo­hammed com­mended the or­gan­iser of the nov­elty match, say­ing it would go a long way in pro­mot­ing the cul­ture of peace and unity amongst youths in the state.

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