Drawing lessons from the series of violence that followed national youth-led protests against police brutality in October last year, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu negotiated reconciliation with youth in the state on Tuesday. , promising not to give up your belief in them.
Young people from across the state took the opportunity of Tuesday’s national Eid-Maulud holiday to come together and participate in a peace conference aimed at creating a common platform for conflict resolution, Sanwo-Olu, who attended the peace forum, listened to the youth-led conversation on how they could effectively channel their complaints to the authorities.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State. He became governor under the platform of the All Progressives Congress after contesting and unexpectedly
The event on the theme “Rebuilding for Greatness: Peaceful Conflict Resolution”, held at LTV Blue Roof in Ikeja, was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and facilitated by the Governor’s Senior Special a**istant for Youth Affairs, Saheed Akanbi.
A seven-person panel discussion moderated by Mazi Sam Uche Anyamele, a filmmaker, set the tone for the governor’s response to various suggestions and ideas shared by youth at the event.
With a pledge of peace promised by the youth, the governor, who declared that the moment of true reconciliation had begun, said that Lagos could now go through a total healing process after last year’s coordinated attacks on its a**ets, which also resulted in the loss of life and livelihoods.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Today is a day of reconciliation and it is about our abundant young people. This is the time to create common ground and take charge of our future. In fact, we have evaluated what we have gone through as a people; now is the time to come together and build our lives together.
“This event is about aggregating all the conversations from the millions of young people who have been represented here. We have all agreed that when we work together, we can build a resilient society that we will truly be proud of. We will continue to build, engage and work with our youth “I certainly am not going to give up on you as progress partners and your ability to make positive changes.”
Sanwo-Olu added: “I thank all the young people, who participate in this forum, for the valuable suggestions offered and the ideas shared. I take full responsibility and ownership for all comments that are recommended to me here. All points have been taken and I will continue to rely on them in the course of governance. “
Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Hon. According to Dawodu, said the state government recognized young people as interested in building peace and preventing violence. Dawodu emphasized that the governor’s physical presence at the event was an indication of his commitment to addressing the issues facing young people.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Oluwagbemiga Aina, the commissioner said that the aftermath of negative conflicts would never be beneficial to any society.
However, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Wahab Ellias, said the theme of the event connoted a resilient city. Ellias claimed that the conflict was still endemic and part of the fabric of society.