By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” SPEAKING against the backdrop of the reported explosion that rocked the Warri office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Tuesday, youths of the region have again been urged to give peace a chance so that the Federal Government could effectively pursue its development programmes for the region. Â
National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr Marvin Yobana, who made the appeal in Port Harcourt yesterday, said youths in the region should shun the path of violence. According to him, only an atmosphere of peace will enable development thrive.
Yobana also urged youths in the region to turn out enmasse to accord President Goodluck Jonathan a rousing welcome as he visits Rivers StateÂ this weekend.
â€œYouths are enjoined to shun all forms of violence, civil unrest and negative tendencies during and after the visit of our very own leader of the South-South geo-political zone, support our march towards ending our political and socio-economic marginalization of our great region.
â€œAll leaders of ethnic, religious, non-governmental, voluntary youth organizations and student leaders are charged to join in giving our amiable leader a rousing reception,â€ the council stated.
In a similar vein, the Coalition of Nigerian Youth Leaders, CNYL, has appealed to youths to embrace the culture of peace, just as it mourned the death of President Musa-Yarâ€™Adua.
The coalition, in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Alhaji Sadiq Usman Abubakar, noted that the late President would be remembered more for his effort at promoting national peace and unity.
The body furtherÂ Â congratulated President Jonathan on his elevation as President of the country, pledging its unflinching support to the federal government.