- No fewer than than 50 civil society organizations have embarked on 5km trek for national unity
- The CSOs began their trek from Emir of Zazzau’s palace in Zaria-city and terminated at Muhammad Aminu square, populaly called Polo Club
- The chairman, Hybrid for Positive Change, Muhammad Sani-Is’haq, said the essence of the trek was to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary
No fewer than 50 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the umbrella of Hybrid for Positive Change on Monday, October 1, embarked on a five kilometre trek in Zaria, Kaduna state to enhance national cohesion at independence.
Legit.ng reports that the CSOs began their trek from Emir of Zazzau’s palace in Zaria-city and terminated at Muhammad Aminu square, populaly called Polo Club in Sabongari local government area.
Speaking to NAN on the sideline of the trekking, the chairman, Hybrid for Positive Change, Muhammad Sani-Is’haq, said the essence of the trek was to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary and solidify the prevailing peace and unity in the country.
He said: “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 kind of people, we used different means to actualise this dream of bringing the youths together for a common goal which is national unity.”
According to him, 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.
Ahmed-Chikaji prayed that the trek would yield 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,” Ahmaed-Chikaji said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 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 corpse of Nigeria, youths peace ambassadors and youth advisory group among others. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, September 30, prayed for Nigeria and called for God’s blessings for the nation and its citizens.
Osinbajo made these supplications at an Interdenominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 58th Independence celebration.
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