The consultant to the programme, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, FEHN, which is anchoring the initiative, tagged: Message to School, said that same was to inculcate in the students, a consciousness to shun violence and embrace unity across all ethnic lines.
Speaking on the initiative, Mrs. Motunrayo Boladale, FEHNâ€™s Programmes Officer, said the move is â€œa practical approach at the reintegration of the ex-militants as they serve as peace vanguards, teaching the non-violence philosophy to primary and secondary school students in the region.â€
The ex-militants who hitherto were youths of violent means now come on board with transformed identities, grooming young minds towards living lives worthy of emulation.
â€œThe programme captures an essential stage of the development of the young students, inculcating tenets of non-violence orientation as well as civil behaviour in them as they grow and take up various responsibilities in the society.
â€œA fundamental strength of this package is its illustrative drive, being that it utilises a platform where the students can see the transformed ex-militants in the wake of their new lifestyles and share in the knowledge that birthed their own journey towards non-violence transformation. This helps to cultivate the young minds to embrace practical solutions to all forms of possible conflicts within the society.â€