As Commonwealth Community Choir holds Exclusive Command Performance
By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has said that the youth have a great role to play in ensuring peace in Nigeria, adding that the peace of the country lies in the hands of the youth.
This is just as he stated that, “If the youth of Nigeria come together to have a common focus on peace, Nigeria will definitely progress”.
The former President made this known on Friday in Abuja at an Exclusive Command Performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir with the theme “Peace for All Nations”.
According to him, “For me as a former president, I know the meaning of peace and it worries me everyday when I look at issues bothering us as a nation. Our young people engage in all kinds of confrontation.
“When young people come together to perform with the theme “Peace for All Nations”, I am quite impressed. If you continue with that spirit… Just like they say, songs heals the heart and listening to good music elevates your spirit”.
While promising to continue to encourage them, he said, “Keep the flag flying and use your talent to impress on the unity of Nigeria”.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said that in spite of the global unrest, music is a powerful tool that influences thought and behavior, and creates a culture of peace among people.
The theme “Peace for All Nations”, he said, is the objective of the Commonwealth, adding that the evening is an opportunity to celebrate unity through diversity and expressed belief that the performance will bring positive change as the world is facing a lot.
“We welcome the opportunity the Choir is giving us to put aside a lot of the depressing news around the world and within our country and relax to let the music soothe our souls, so we will forget the sadness enveloping the world”, he said.
Also speaking, the Pioneer Global President of the Commonwealth Youth Council, Dr. Ahmed Adamu, noted that in the wake of growing unrest in the country and the continent, the best thing to do is what the Commonwealth Community Choir is doing.
While commending their consistency, he added that there is no better time to promote peace in the continent and country than now. “We can use music to promote other developmental issues.I urge you to use music to reach down to the youth at the grassroot”.
In his vote of thanks, the Commonwealth Community Choir’s Organizing Secretary, Prince Ewefa, said the group is using music with content to promote peace.
He urged the diplomatic community to take the message of peace across the globe and the Commonwealth.
The Exclusive Command Performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir, marks the commencement of the execution of the mandate that has been entrusted to the choir, which is expected to undertake a global tour of the Commonwealth countries to promote peace and development through music.
The Exclusive Command Performance focused on issues of climate change, Peace for all nations, ways to motivate young people, and promotion of local content. The Commonwealth award winning song 2015, “Peace for all Nations” was performed, among others.