Youth summit to settle Nigeria, South Africa hostilities

Nigeria, South AfricaFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN and South African youth are to play a significant role in ending the tensions that recur between the two  countries.
This follows a partnership between the African Youth Initiative on Crime Prevention and Community Agenda for Peace (AYICRIP) and the United Nations Information Centres (UNIC) in both countries.
This will culminate in the hosting of the first Nigerian-South African Youth Summit against Racism and Xenophobia at a date yet to be announced.
The planned summit is designed to train and deploy 100 youth leaders and heads of civil society organizations across Nigeria and South Africa to become peace and cultural ambassadors to champion the fight against intolerance, hate, racism, and xenophobia.
It also aims to educate the participants on the rich and healthy relationship that has existed between the two countries and impact the skill of tolerance and understanding among other virtues.
“The precedent being set by the racism and xenophobic activities in South Africa remains a great challenge and blur in the diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, with the potential of extending to other countries within the African continent,” said UNIC director, Ronald Kayanja.
The initiative comes in the back of diplomatic tensions between the two countries, triggered by the attacks against Nigerian internationals in some parts of Africa.
Nigeria said 116 of its citizens had died in South Africa after xenophobic violence in the last two years.
A South African mobile company operating in Nigeria was recently looted in a vengeance attack.
Relations between the two biggest economies have over the years been frosty.
CAJ News

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