Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi (right), after being conferred with the title of “Mayegun” by OYP Speaker, Abdulmojeed Oladimeji, in Government House, Gombe.
By Akanji Alowolodu, Gombe
As agitations for self governance by some sections of the country heightened, Oodua Youth Parliament (OYP), a Pan Yoruba movement has distanced itself from the clamour for secession of the South Western States from Nigeria as spearheaded by the self acclaimed human rights activist, Sunday Igboho.
The declaration was made by the Speaker of OYP, Abdulmojeed Olademeji, after the youth pressure group conferred on the Secretary to Gombe State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the title of “Mayegun” (Ambassador of Peace) of Oodua Youth Parliament worldwide.
He said that every country needs peace and as a youth pressure group, they condemn anything that will not bring peace to Nigeria.
According to him, “you can check our statements, we are not in support of Sunday in demanding for Oodua nation out of Nigeria. We’re not in support, let’s sit down and discuss issues affecting insecurity in our country, that is our position”.
He also said that , before any agitation, there should be plans on ground, stressing that, “if you are demanding for a country, what are your demands? We must manage ourselves to move our country forward”.
Earlier, during the presentation, Olademeji described Professor Njodi as an icon of peace in this generation adding that the unity of this country is not negotiable. He called on the youths to emulate the professor’s peaceful disposition.
In an introductory Address, the Oba Yoruba, Gombe, Kabiyesi Abdulrahim Jimoh Alao who led the Oodua youth parliament for the Award Presentation described the occasion as a very unique one in the history of the state.
Oba Abdulrahim Jimoh Alao also appreciated the Oodua youth parliament for making the choice for the tittle of Mayegun the Ambassador of Peace expressing belief in Professor Njodi to do more for the State.
In a goodwill message, the Special Adviser to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on inter Community Relations Chief Cornelius Chimack congratulated the the SSG for his piloted role on the execution of Visions and Missions of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in transforming the State.
While responding, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, said that he was elated by the conferment of the title of peace, more so that it is coming from the youths who he described him as the hope and future of the country.
The SSG however lamented on the conduct of some misguided youths in the Country who he said are being used to course disaffection, recalling the ugly experiences of the Civil war fought in the Country fifty one years ago and calls for the Unity of this Country.
He further enjoined Youth across the street to engage in robust dialogue on challenges facing the nation reminding them that the Young People remain the future of Nigeria and global Peace and progress.
He admitted the failure of the older generation and commended the youths for discussing the bitterness of the past with their clamour for peace and unity of the country.
He then challenged the youths to stand firm for the future greatness of the country noting, “as leaders of tomorrow, it is up to you to build or destroy this country’. He stressed however that “with this crop of youth, Nigeria’s future looks brighter”.
The Secretary to SSG dedicated the award to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the People of Gombe State for giving him the opportunity to Contribute his quarter to the development of Gombe State which attracted the recognition.