Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, has appealed to the youths in Niger State to embrace peace and work towards the collective, corporate interest of the country.
The minister made the appeal in Minna, the Niger State Capital, when he interfaced with some youth leaders as part of the ongoing stabilization efforts of the Federal Government.
Ambassador Dada, who described peaceful coexistence as key to meaningful development of any society, maintained that “Nigeria as a nation needs peace now more than ever to be able to tackle the socio-economic challenges facing the country and the World in general due to the outbreak of Covid 19.”
He said the outbreak of COVID-19, coupled with the fall in oil price, had made it difficult for government to meet all the aspirations of the people.
The minister however assured the youths that the Federal Government was fully aware of all the challenges facing Niger State and Nigeria in general and that “President Muhammadu Buhari is totally committed to alleviating the suffering of Nigerians.”
The minister stated that the Federal Government has rolled out so many social intervention programmes aimed at engaging the youths.
On the deplorable state of roads in Niger State, the minister said the Federal Government had taken steps to ensure that attention was given to all Federal roads in the state.
He said the resumption of work on the Suleja-Lambata-Minna road was one good example.
While speaking on the wide spread #ENDSARS protests across the country, the Minister of State Foreign Affairs said for the first time in the history of the country, Government had promptly responded to the call of Nigerians by immediately scraping the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS and at the same time apologizing to Nigerians who were victims of the police unit.
He appealed to Nigerians especially the youths to stop any further protests and allow government to reform the Nigeria Police Force as it promised.