Jos – As the world marks the Humanitarian Day, youths in Plateau have urged Nigerians to show kindness to one another so as to build a society of love, friendship and mutual concern.
Some of them who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Wednesday, called for compassion for one another, and stressed the need for understanding toward peace, unity and harmony.
The World Humanitarian Day is a special day dedicated toward increasing public affection and humanitarian assistance activities.
The day aims to honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work and also acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.
The 2015 World Humanitarian Day has the theme: “Let’s Make a Greater Commitment to Life Saving Action.”
Mr Peter Dung, a resident of Bukuru Lowcost housing in Jos, said that Nigerians needed to show kindness and love to one another and be each other’s keeper, so as to tackle security challenges.
“The security situation in the North Eastern part of the country has created many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); we must support these people because they are hapless,’’ he said.
“If we all as a country show love and kindness to one another, I don’t think there will be anything like insurgency. We should learn to be our brother’s keeper and not hurt one another,” Dung said.
Mr Ishaya Agirdo of African Youth Empowerment and Illiteracy Eradication Foundation (AFRIYEIEF) an NGO, urged youths and every Nigerian to join humanitarian organisations in a bid to render help to humanity and change many lives.
“I want to call on all youths and Nigerians in general to join humanitarian organisations and become active messengers of humanity.
“I also want to call on various messengers of humanity to take important social actions today and do something to change the lives of others,” he said.
Agirdo added that the World Humanitarian Day was a day to also acknowledge and encourage those actively rendering humanitarian services and suggested that the military and police involved in fighting insurgents in the North-East should be encouraged and celebrated.
“Today is not just for us to help others and be kind to them but also acknowledge and celebrate those who are actively rendering humanitarian services to humanity.
“Our military and police are part of these people; they are risking their lives to ensure we have peace and security in the country.
“Some have died rendering these services. We must acknowledge them, encourage them and celebrate them.
“It is only when one is acknowledged and celebrated that he would be encouraged to do more, ” he said.
Miss Joyce Dangut, of Rotary Club of Naraguta, Jos, also emphasised the need for Nigerians to show kindness and love to one another by joining humanitarian organisations in a bid to render help to the most vulnerable people in the society.
“We are celebrating the spirit that inspires humanity today; this spirit knows no religious or cultural boundary, just the spirit of selflessness and heroic acts.
“Each one of us has the power and responsibility to inspire one another to act to help others and create a more humane society and the world in general,” Dangut said. (NAN)