From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Ahead of November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, a Nongovernmental Organisation under the platform of Kogi Youth Peace Advocate (KYPA) has admonished youths across the state to shun thuggery, violence and ethnic sentiments capable of disrupting the polls.
The President of the youth group, Comrade Abdullahi Ahmed made the call in Lokoja while addressing journalists yesterday, shortly after the group ended their peacefully precession campaign rally in the capital city to drum support against involvement of youths in thuggery and violence in the society
The President of the KYPA stated that their major aim is to bring different ethnic groups of youths in the state together and educate them on the evils of tribalism, cultism and thuggery on their life and the society at large.
Buttressing his points, Comrade Ahmed posited that the youths are always preys of politicians, especially during the election period, as they are already made tools in the hands of ambitious politicians who were out to satisfy their interest by all means, and at cost.
He therefore urged them to stay away from electoral violence in the forthcoming elections and the need for them to disengage themselves from political thuggery , saying that the youths should be able to have the courage to tell ambitious politicians and their likes that come to recruit them for nefarious activities to engage their own children for such exercise.
Comrade Ahmed who said the membership of the group cut across all the ethnic groups in the state noted that the issue of tribal sentiment has eroded the credibility of leadership in the state, arguing that they earlier this sentiment is dropped ,starting from the youth of the state, the better for the future of leadership structure of the state.
In the same vein, Mr. Emmanuel Abbey, the commander of the state Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) who was represented by Mr Aloseyus O. Adejo, while speaking on the theme “Shun-Tribalism, Violence, Thuggery for the betterment of Kogi State” at the occasion said youths should put their act together and avoid vices that will land them in trouble.
He urged the youth in the state to operate within the law of the land, and shun vices like thuggery kidnapping and armed robbery, adding that the youth should be able to call the bluff of those looking for their service to break the law because of their interest or ambition.
However, the state commandant of the FRSC implored the youths to stay away from incidence of violence in the fourth coming gubernatorial elections in the state, stressing that they should make sure there is sanity in everything they do at this period of the state.