The Nasarawa State Government has encouraged young people to refrain from violence during and after the state’s local government elections on Oct. 6.
Mr Yusuf Musa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, announced this on Wednesday in Wanna, Wamba Local Government Area of the state, during a violence-free sensitization.
According to the permanent secretary, the Ministry believes it is critical to teach teenagers about the consequences and negative consequences of violence, as well as to maintain a peaceful environment before and after the exercise.
Citizens, he claims, mortgage their right to vote when they enable politicians to utilize them to disturb the process of electing their leaders.
He urged the youths to be patriotic and law-abiding, and to use their youth to contribute to the state’s growth by rising to the occasion and spreading violence-free messages.
“As future leaders of society, you should promote the cause of a free and fair election; don’t allow yourself to be exploited to prolong violence by disrupting the electoral process; don’t jeopardize your own future and that of future generations.
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“Don’t allow politicians to use you as hooligans,” he warned.Musa said that the campaign also aimed at educating people to leverage continuous e-voters registration by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register massively so as to enable them participate in the 2023 general election.
He, therefore, appealed to traditional rulers, local government officials, youths leaders and women leaders to champion the cause by stepping down the campaign in their various domain.Speaking separately, Oriye Rindre, Alh. Lawal Nagogo and Aren Eggon, Dr Bala Angbazo, represented by Aren Akun, Alh. Usman Umbugadu both commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism for coming up with the campaign.The traditional rulers assured of their support in ensuring that their subjects avail themselves of the ongoing INEC e-voter registration, and also desist from engaging in violence during and after the local councils polls.On his part, the traditional ruler of Akwanga, Chun Mada Samson Gumu – Yare, while thanking Gov Sule for his visionary leadership, called on politicians to support the campaign, using their resources to mobilise people to participate in e – voters registration.
He, however, decried the attitudes of some politicians whose stock in trade was to distance themselves from such laudable project geared towards laying foundation for the future, only to surface during election to impose their will on the electorates.