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Government to tackle violent extremism

25 August 2015, 10:10

Abuja - The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday the Federal Government would take measures to tackle all forms of violent extremism and promote economic development.

He said this at a special dialogue session on democracy, human rights and countering violent extremism in Abuja.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon was the special guest at the forum.

The dialogue formed part of activities lined up for the two-day visit of the UN chief.

Osinbajo said "Government must intervene directly in some cases in providing job opportunities and also offer an alternative narrative to the one of extremism and violence.

"All positions, no matter how exposed, ride upon some modicum of truth though often perverted which the poor and the rejected may well find convincing".

Also read:Buhari set to fight Boko Haram, Says Osinbajo

Osinbajo said that government needed to be held accountable to promote sustainable development.
He said that there was need to introduce a bottom-up social and economic planning" to strengthen democracy and build a transparent and inclusive society.

He gave assurance of Nigeria's support to the provisions of the sustainable development goals and the country's commitment to support smaller countries in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Ban Ki-moon called on Nigeria and the international community to address challenges relating to climate change in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN chief urged all member states to renew their commitments to ensuring the protection of the earth's natural resources.

He urged Nigeria to be an example for other African countries by putting in place the necessary resources to support climate change and facilitate the implementation of the SDGs.

Ki-moon called on member states to support smaller member nations that did not have sufficient resources to implement climate change and the SDGs.
He commended the African Union Action Agenda on financing for development initiated in Addis Ababa in July and urged the body to put in place a framework to promote the implementation of the development goals.



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