Erudite clergy and icon of inter-religious dialogue, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has called on Nigerian youths to rejuvenate the habit of volunteerism in a bid to boost peace and tolerance.
Addressing delegates during the just-concluded 83rd National Executive Council meeting of the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria, (CYON), in Sokoto, the capital of Sokoto State, Kukah charged youth leaders to look beyond religion and expedite action plans aimed at mobilising their fellow youths to embrace the culture of volunteering.
As Nigeria marked her 2016 Democracy Day, Kukah pointed out the protracted negligence on the task of building a new and young generation of leadership-driven citizens, and advocated ties among fellow Nigerians.
He reminded the delegates at the opening ceremony, which also included representatives of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Joint Christian Campus Fellowship, “that the current challenges staring the nation in the face were conquerable only by men and women of ideas, and not merely by office holders.”
He said that he was against secession as was being called for in some quarters, stating that it was unnecessarily to distort the already inflated mood in the country.
While appreciating the leadership of CYON for scheduling her 83rd National Executive Council meeting for Sokoto, amidst the many stories of insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria, Bishop Kukah tasked Nigerian youths to be agents of the ongoing change mantra.