The National Youth Leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Obadia Haruna, has blamed "intruders bent on disintegrating Nigeria" for the worsening security situation in some parts of the North.
Haruna made the observation on Tuesday in Kaduna at a unity forum organised by an NGO, Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria.
He cautioned youths against been lured into violence, noting that "no country would move forward without peace".
The CAN youth leader observed that the current violence and insecurity in the region had caused major set backs to the social and economic growth of the nation.
Haruna urged Christians and Muslims to continue to live in peace with one another, adding that the two religions have always preached peace and love: "So there is a need for us to love one another and see ourselves as brothers."
Ealier, the leader of the NGO, Pastor Yohana Buru, said the gathering was meant to bring together Muslims and Christians in the divided city to promote unity, love and understanding.
In his contribution, the President of Sabon Kawo Youth Development Association, Malam Salisu Ibrahim, urged the youths to work towards returning the city to its former self, where residents live side-by-side irrespective of creed, politics or economic status.
"We must look at the way our fathers live peacefully with one another without discrimination and not minding religion or cultural differences."
He identified unemployment as a major cause of restiveness in the state, and called on the government to enact workable policies that would generate employment.
Ibrahim said association would introduce ICT programmes for youth in the area as part of its contributions to engaging them in useful ventures.
Also, the National President of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Alhaji Ali Sokoto, identified functional education and employment as panacea to the current security challenges in the country.
"What kind of education do we have today? People are educated, yet instead of using it in building peace we are using it to perpetrate violence."
He commended the NGO for the initiative and urged the youth to propagate "the messages of hope, love and unity to ensure a peaceful and united state and country."