An NGO, Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative (BBLLI) says it will train 15 youth leaders on peaceful coexistence and ethno-religious tolerance in Nasarawa State

The organisation said it would conduct the training in collaboration with the Niwano Peace Foundation of Japan to promote peace and development.

This is contained in a joint statement issued to newsmen on Thursday in Keffi by the Executive Director of BBLLI, Mr Omaga Daniel, and the Public Relations Officer of BBLLI, Mr Mpakaborai Numbere.

The statement said that the training would last from Jan. 4 through Jan. 11, 2018.

It said the selected youth leaders would be expected to step down the message of peace and ethno-religious tolerance in their various communities for the period of nine months.

“We will train 15 youth leaders drawn from the Keffi, Akwanga and Lafia zones of Nasarawa State on peace, ethno-religious tolerance in order to promote peace among the various ethnic and religious groups in Nasarawa state,’’ it said.

It claimed that BBLLI is Nigeria’s foremost youth development, civic education, good governance and peaceful coexistence advocacy NGO working in partnership with the Niwano‎ Peace Foundation, Japan, in peace promotion.

“The programme is aimed at promoting ethno-religious tolerance and peace building within Nigeria. Recently, parts of Nigeria have experienced deep incidences of unhealthy rivalry between members of various religious and ethnic groups some of which have resulted to breech of public peace.

“Our aim is to sell the message of peace, inclusiveness, religious and tribal tolerance to people of Nasarawa state and Nigerians through the youth leaders of both ethnic and religious groups in which they will also step down the peace message learn to their people in their various communities.

“There is no better time than now to work for peace in Nigeria along the lines of ethnicity and religion. We are a homogeneous people. As such, Nigerians adhere to diverse religions and their distinct manner of worship,’’ the statement read in part.

It underscored the essence of peace in building an all-inclusive society, adding that peace is a panacea for an all-inclusive development of Nigeria, hence the need for the training.

The statement urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation for the overall development of the country, adding that no society could achieve development without peace.