THE rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism among young people has been described as a serious threat to the stability and development in Africa.
Casey Olugbenga Adeleye, the National Coordinator of African Centre for Citizens Orientation, a Non-Governmental Organization, said this while briefing newsmen on the upcoming 4th Edition Secure Africa Conference – Africa Regional Youth Crime Prevention and Development Conference.
He added that the rise in the radicalization to violence often derail peace building efforts and foment conflict, and give rise to factors that create conducive environment for terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.
The programme, scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nigeria between August 30 and 31, 2016 and themed, “Achieving Peace and Sustainable National Security Through Constructive Youth Engagement and Inclusive Citizens Participation,” according to Adeleye was aimed at bringing like-minded individuals, young people, community developers, and policymakers together and formulate strategies to solve our common challenges.
“The intent is to allow young people from other parts of the world as well, to empower them in using their dynamism and innovative minds to promote unity, coexistence, peace, public safety and security; provide leaders in various communities with the tools to enhance their efforts as agents of change in their respective communities; provide a forum for exchanging innovative approaches, ideas and best practices from the different states of the region towards improving peace and security and participation in their respective communities,” Adeleye said.
Expected speakers, according to Adeleye included Prof. Umar G. Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Col. M.M. Abdallah, Rtd., Chairman/CEO, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ms. Adaora Onyechere, Broadcast Journalist & Coordinator, Gender Agenda on AIT, and Dr. Tunji Asaolu, Chairperson, Social Affairs & Health, African Union ECOSOCC. Other speakers expected include Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau Rtd.), Honourable Minister of Interior, Dr. Ahmed Isah, Ordinary President/Founder and Brekete Family, among others.