By Deji Abdulwahab
The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has advised Nigerian youths to shun violence and embrace peace to ensure peaceful co-existence in the country.
Dovie Mena, aka Baba 2010, Chairman, PMAN FCT stakeholders forum, said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
Mena, an afro-highlife legendary musician, said, “ Nigerian youths must shun violence and see themselves as future leaders.
“They should also use their talent to launder the image of Nigeria which has been dented by the current security challenge.
“Our youths should emulate celebrities like Davido, Wizkid, Burna boy and others, who have been able to use the influence of music to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria to the entire world.’’
He said that the forum had resolved to support the Federal Government’s fight against security challenges in the country.
“The maiden PMAN FCT Stakeholders Forum/ Unity Concert and lecture was organised in Abuja to promote peace, using the strong weapon of music for peaceful co-existence in the country.
“The overall objective of the forum is to preach peace and unite entertainers in Abuja and Nigeria in general for national unity and stability, using the strong weapon of music,’’ Mena said.
He advised the government to invest in the musical industry, adding that Nigerian youths were endowed with great talent.
“They needed to be supported by the government to help unlock their potential towards the realisation of the Nigeria’s greatness,’’ he said.
The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria is an organization founded by Christy Essien-Igbokwe and Sunny Okosun in 1984 to guide, protect and promote the interests of musicians in the West African nation of Nigeria. (NAN)