Seadogs, experts, CSOs, others proffer solution to Nigeria’s problem 

The National Association of Seadogs Pyrates Confraternity, Sahara deck, over the weekend, alongside the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), human and gender advocates x-rayed the 2023 general elections and concluded that deep ethno-religious sentiments were pushed to the extreme. 

Going forward, stakeholders at a public lecture tagged “Building a harmonious and prosperous nation” joined in proffering solutions to critical issues of ethnic divisions and tribalism plaguing the country.

The Feast of Barccuda (FoB) with the theme: National Reconciliation and Unity: The imperative for collective action is an annual event aimed at addressing pressing national issues.

It was in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, (NOA).

Some of the speakers at the event are Mr Samson Itodo, Executice Director, Yiaga Africa, Dr Garba Abari, NOA, Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, Chairman Islamic Research and Da’awa Foundation, Ene Obi, Executive Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Abdul Mahmud Esq, Juliet Ikhayere among others.

In his welcome remarks, Olamide Oni, Capoon Sahara Deck, Abuja City Centre challenged Nigerians and its citizens, saying: “We have potentials and capacity to overcome ethnic and tribal division then flourish as a united nations.” 

Also in a goodwill message, Abari expressed worries that the country’s diversity has also been a source of divisions and conflicts, urging Nigerians to rise above its differences.

Itodo while giving a special remarks at the lecture observed that

“Balancing religion interest in a pluralistic and secular state is often tough.” 

He expressed dismay that the country was built on deeply entrenched structural inequality, insisting that reconciliation is key. 

For Sheik Khalid and Ene Obi, Nigeria was more divided along ethno-religious borders more than it was before the general elections.

Khalid said, “Apart from voting, it is also civic duty to hold government accountable and promote peace in the country as citizens.”

Obi on her part preached patriotism, urging everyone to stand up for Nigeria.

Obi, a foremost gender mainstreaming advocate equally made a case for the women folks and girls. 

She said, “I pledged to Nigeria my country is a strongest commitment to national unity.”