The summit theme was Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development: Bridging Cultures to Achieve Peace and Development. Over 300 youths from the 15 Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) gathered together to be educated on the role of youth in the development agenda of ECOWAS in accordance with the ECOWAS vision 2020 particularly in the areas of peace and security.
Essiet represented Nigeria as a minister of health for the summit and presented a position paper on harnessing the positive power of social media in reconciling the demand and also on conflict resolution and peace building – the role of youth. At the end of the discussion, Essiet concludes that the progress and development of any nation or community, both politically and economically depend among other things, on the ability of the various components that make it up to live peacefully in harmony with each other. Each conflict is unique in its own sense and calls for a peculiar solution after careful review of its cause, but no means of conflict resolution methodology can work without the inestimable help of social media which is emerging too as a means of building peace.
The “No Hate Speech Campaign Africa” was launched at the summit. The campaign seeks to encourage the society to discuss in a more tolerant and open manner, and to learn how to contribute in positive ways to resolving political disputes and conflict. We don’t want the genocide that happened in Rwanda to happen again in Africa.