HD engages youths on social media peace dialogue in Plateau

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By Chijioke Kingsley

If we cannot the violence caused by , we can at least manage it, contain it and transform it, Ahmed Yassin, the lead facilitator, Centre For Humanitarian (HD) Nigeria, has said.

Yassin said that if the is not checked the world not only Nigeria would find itself in a serious problem, just like what happened in the Arab nations, known as the “Arab Spring”.

Speaking on Monday in Jos, during an event tagged: “The Peace Agreement Signing Ceremony”, the HD lead facilitator echoed that the world was now a global village with the advent of technology, hence if not regulated, youths could set the country on in a second, he said.

The agreement which involved the Bassa LGA communities of Bache, Fulani and Irigwe youths of Plateau State, had clauses which stipulates that: “ influencer’s liaise with at all levels and to coordinate with groups to minimise violent viral content, especially from media outlets. 

“Civil society organisations and groups create awareness and hold periodic workshops to educate people to use positively and responsibly and avoid the harmful effect of on peace in Bassa LGA”,  the document of agreement sighted by our correspondent reads in part.  

However, Yassin said the  agreement is a pilot and one of the key recommendations that will come out is to establish monitoring and evaluation committee within the youths so that the agreement signed will be for posterity.

“It is not a sign-off for today, it will be a continuous process. There is also a post-signing process and we are hoping that as HD, we will continue to support them for three months and eventually for sustainability to ensure that whatever they have agreed today, they are going to adhere to it”, Yassin said.

On his part, the Plateau State Military Task Force Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Ali, lauded HD for the , saying the effort will help to reduce the incessant attacks in Bassa LGA.

Ali said the effort would forster online behaviour among youths as well as the use of social media for good.

“These efforts if harnessed remains one of the best tools we can all use in forstering peace among the youths of our communities”, Gen. Ali said.

In his address, the of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, applauded the process, adding that the effort was in line with the ’s peace agenda for the dtate, saying that it would deepen the process of sustaining peace.

Represented by the -General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengman, Lalong, however, lamented the new trend of distruction of by hoodlums in the state, hoping that the signing of the social media agreement will help to change the growing trend.

Sundiata Post reports that HD is a Swiss-based private organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and .