At least fifty Society Organisations (CSOs) under the umbrella of Hybrid for Positive Change on Monday embarked on a five-kilometre trek in Zaria, Kaduna State, northern Nigeria to enhance national cohesion at independence.
According to the News Agency of New geriatric (NAN), the CSOs began their trek from Emir of Zazzau’s palace in Zaria-city and terminated at Muhammad Aminu Square, popularly called Polo Club in Sabongari Local Government Area.
Muhammad Sani-Is’haq, the Chairman of Hybrid for Positive Change, who spoke to NAN on the sideline of the trekking, said the essence of the trek was to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary and solidify the prevailing peace and unity in the country.
His words: “We are out to show solidarity for the sovereignty and oneness of Nigeria as a nation and to celebrate the 58th anniversary of our motherland.
“We want to foster unity among the youths from different NGOs, different religions, different tribes, different ethnic groups and different background. We also want to show the world that we are youths whose interest is national cohesion.
“It took us more than two months to gather these kinds of people, we used different means to actualise this dream of bringing the youths together for a common goal which is national unity.”
Sani-Is’haq said the organisers carefully selected the participating NGOs based on their efforts and zeal to bring progress and development to the society.
On his part, the Executive Director, Arewa Youths Trust Foundation, Fahad Ahmed-Chikaji said the trek was in honour of the independence day.
Ahmed-Chikaji, who is also the Kaduna State Coordinator, Future Builders Foundation for Children’s Health and Education, advised the youths to shun all negative tendencies that would work against the growth and development of their immediate society and the nation at large.
“As youths, general elections is forthcoming, they should endeavour to shun all forms of social vices such as gangsterism, thuggery, gender-based violence, drug abuse and alcoholism among others.
“Youths should prepare their minds to be educated and learn different trades to be useful to themselves, their families, the society and the nation at large.
“They should seek to be agents and promoters of peace in the society and always remain patriotic in all what they do,” he said.
The Executive Director, Arewa Youths Trust Foundation, prayed that the trek would yield a positive result that would pave way for sustainable peace, unity and national cohesion among Nigerians.
“This is because, the participants of this trek are not only from Zaria or indigenes of Kaduna State but they cut across all tribes, religions and regions of Nigeria.
“Therefore, our main target is to foster national unity and consolidate on the existing peace and continue to live as one nation irrespective of our differences,” Ahmed-Chikaji said.
Meanwhile, the NGOs included; Youths Democratic Movement, Arewa Youth Development, Northern Igbo Youths Forum, Arewa Yoruba Youths Movement and Peace Negotiators.
Others are National Association of Nigerian Comrades, Northern Youths for Peace and Good Governance, Arewa Elite Magazine, National Association of Zazzau Students, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Youths Peace Ambassadors and Youth Advisory Group among others. (NAN)