A group known as the Integration Summit Group,
Nigeria (ISG-N), has urged parents to ensure that their children are
not used as thugs by politicians to perpetrate election violence.
The group stated this in a press statement on its communiqué read by
Dr Uche Chukwuocha, issued at the weekend following its one-day summit
which took place in Abuja.
The theme of the summit is: “National Integration, Panacea to
Participants were drawn from all the 36 states of the federation,
civil society groups, ethnic nationalities, politicians, religious
bodies, NGOs, academicians, journalists and foreign diplomats, among
According to the statement, the communiqué urged parents to ensure
that their children were not used as thugs by politicians to
perpetrate election violence.
It also called on politicians to eschew politics of bitterness and
embrace good governance for national unity and development.
“Parents should ensure that their children are not used by
politicians as instruments of political violence.
“Politicians should move away from the politics of bitterness and be
involved in governments of national unity for the greater good of the
country,’’ it says.
The communiqué further urges political leaders to provide meaningful
leadership and good governance for a sustainable broad nationalism,
integration and peaceful coexistence.
“The ideology behind the national integration summit should be
spread to all nooks and crannies of the country; broad nationalism and
integration should be inculcated in the younger generation.
“Nigerians should show love to one another with a vision to uphold
values of togetherness; the status of indigene-ship should be
discarded, while citizenship should be promoted,’’ it says.
According to the group, for Nigerians to fully integrate, they must
embrace and imbibe broad nationalism, and do away with sectionalism
“There is every need to harness the positive attributes of each
component of our nation for the better; we should spend our time on
those things that bind us together.
“We should pursue unity and not uniformity; Nigerians should learn to
do away with regionalism and sectionalism; conflicts should always be
addressed through non-violent and intellectual approach.
“There is need to address poverty, operation and injustice in our
country in order to achieve meaningful and sustainable peace;
Nigerians should also learn to give peace a chance at all times,
believe in and imbibe broad nationalism,’’ the communiqué said.
It, therefore, enjoined all participants, and Nigerians, to be
“advocates of broad nationalism, national integration and peaceful
co-existence at all times and in all places.’’