A former Nigerian military official, Retired Naval Commodore Isaac Mankilik says poverty, illiteracy and unemployment are partly responsible for the country’s “scarce peace”.
“Peace is the scarcest and most expensive commodity today and youths cannot claim innocence but it is because of lack of employment, education and poverty,” Mankilik said, Thursday in Jos while receiving two awards from different youth groups.
He however advised youths to cultivate “patience and hard work” to build sustainable future.
Mankilik, who is the present Registrar of the Nigerian Military College, Delta was awarded as “Peace Ambassador” and “Garkuwar (Shield of) Northern Youths” by Nigerian Peace Ambassadors and Northern Youths Association of Nigeria respectively.
Leader of Nigerian Peace Ambassadors, Mr. Gyang Moses and that of Northern Youths, Adams Bogoro described Mankilik as a distinguished leader who has used his networks and resources to build others around him.
They both called for more privileged people to contribute to youth development.