Today is International Peace Day and the theme for this year is:

“Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Respect for All”.

This theme is apt considering the recent happenings in our dear country and state. It's also important to note that the United Nations considered a similar theme "Youth Building Peace" because of the growing recognition of youths as change agents and critical stakeholders.

The theme for this year highlights the virtues needed in building a peaceful and just society, without which no meaningful development can take place.

As youths, our strength is in our critical mass, though sometimes our albatross for lack of cohesion and speaking in one accord. It's sad that we have been active participants in the eruption of violent conflicts, but also, we have been active too in the peace building process.

We recognize and appreciate the Executive Governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong for  painstakingly handling the skirmishes in some parts of Jos north about a week ago.

The contributions of CAN, JNI, Community Leaders and great opinion leaders cannot be overemphasized. We commend these organizations for standing in the gap.

We also want to commend the Director General of the Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang for the great job the agency is  doing in the place of advocacy, confidence building and dialogue to ensure our Plateau is peaceful.

We pledge our total support to the Peace Building Agency, and we shall continue to partner, and working to ensure that lasting peace is achieved and restored on the Plateau.

We want to reiterate our call to the youths on the Plateau to embrace peace and shun any acts that has the potential to creating violence and conflicts, one of which is hate and dangerous speech.

This year is the year of the tipping point, and there needs to be a serious alignment, bridging the gaps and making things work.

Together we can make things work.

God bless Plateau State Youth Council,
God bless Plateau State,
God bless Nigeria.

Shanah Tovah.

Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam
MBBS, FMCFM.
Chairman,
Plateau State Youth Council.