Foundation tackles youth violence with sports
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.