The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, appears to have a contrary view to that of the president who believes Nigerian youths are lazy.

Ms Wickramanayake prepared a report which was presented on Monday and it has the conclusion that young people, all over the world and not just in Nigeria, are assets rather than problems.

This was also Ms Wickramanayake’s view while presenting the report on the findings of the independent progress study on “Youth, Peace and Security” to the UN Security Council.

She said the report pointed to two key issues that need immediate attention.

First, she said, was the growing mistrust from young generations towards formal political institutions.

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The other issue is the exclusion of young people from political, civic and economic life.

The study also showed that only a small minority of youth ever engaged in violence while many were actively engaging in their own local initiatives to bring peace to their communities.

“I believe we can all agree that my generation represents promise – not peril.

“We should be seen as an asset, not a problem,’’ she told Council members.

The envoy said the report’s findings and recommendations were an opportunity for the Council to redress the mistrust between young people, their government and the multilateral system.

This, she said, could be achieved by opening up new paths for meaningful participation and contribution.

Wickramanayake said tapping the potential and creativity of young people was indispensable to prevent conflict and build peace.

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