THE Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, has lamented the spate of killings and kidnappings in the country and appealed to Nigerian youths to embrace peace in the interest of the nation.
The monarch, when members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, led by its National Deputy Commandant, Mr. M. Oyemike, paid him a courtesy visit, noted that it would be difficult for a nation to achieve accelerated development when there is insecurity.
He tasked members of the Peace Corps to embark on serious orientation programmes for the youths, admonishing them on the need to embrace peace so as to enable government meet their needs.
Speaking earlier, Oyemike, who represented the National Commandant, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, said they were in Benin to promote the corps in Edo State and decided to seek royal blessings from the monarch to have a successful outing in the state.
Assuring the monarch of the readiness of the corps to ensure peace in the country, he said: “The level of insecurity in the country today is alarming in view of the excessive cases of assassination, kidnapping, child trafficking and vandalisation. There is urgent need for all security agencies to mobilise and empower the paramilitary youth organisations which abound all over the country and are virtually redundant.”