Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Initiative (NY4PI) was borne and established as a response to the deliberations and agitations by passionate peace practitioners and lovers of peace during preparations for the 2016 International Youth Day on the need for a youth led network on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Recognising that conflict in the world is increasingly taking a new dimension, shifting from inter-state conflicts to intra-state conflicts, Africa and Nigeria in particular is still suffering from the havoc caused by various ‘Proscribed Armed Groups’ (PAG) such as Boko Haram insurgents, Niger Delta militants and Biafra agitators, which has led to the loss of several lives, property and to an extent, hindered the trajectory of development.
In December 2015 at its 7573rd meeting the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 which spotlighted the nexus between Youth, Peace and Security. This document identified and emphasized the inclusion of youth in any peace and security architecture. It portrays youth as partners in preventing violence, countering violent extremism and building sustainable peace.
With the commitment by nations and other stakeholders to resolve all conflicts and restore peace to our communities, youth have been earmarked as an important and invaluable stakeholder in preventing violent conflicts and in post conflicts reconstruction.
Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Initiative (NY4PI) was then established to coordinate the activities and contributions of young people in Nigeria to building a peaceful nation. Our objectives are to; share experiences from various peacebuilding interventions, discuss peace initiatives across culture, network with like minds youth working on preventing violent conflicts and extremism and to campaign for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 in Nigeria.
Through this initiative, we have being able to train and build the capacity of over five thousand youth on Conflict Management, Violence Prevention, Entrepreneurship and Peacebuilding across Nigeria.