An NGO, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), has advised youths in Plateau against any act of thuggery and electoral violence in the future elections in the state.
A Public Affairs Commentator, Mr Steve Aluko, gave the advice on Wednesday in Jos at a forum tagged: “Campus Conversation on Youth Active Participation in Electoral Processes in Nigeria”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by CAPP, in collaboration with the Ukaid, BBC Media Action and Actionaid Nigeria.
Aluko also urged youths to take up the leadership roles and should not allow themselves to be used as political thugs by politicians.
While recalling the roles played by youths during the colonial and post-colonial eras, he advised youths in the state to emulate the nation’s past political heroes.
“Those who fought for the independence of Nigeria were youth at that time; they were able to galvanise supports from everywhere to gain freedom for Nigeria.
“Youths must be at the forefront in order to have a working democracy in Nigeria.
“Youths must ensure that they put leaders on their toes to do the needful, so as to have a better tomorrow.
“We should not allow ourselves to be used as mere thugs, ballot box snatchers, paid agitators or as tools for electoral violence.
“As youth, we should have political agenda devoid of ethnic or religious sentiment, but have an agenda that will lead to progress and growth of Plateau and Nigeria in general,” he advised.
Aluko also urged youths to seek for elective positions in the forthcoming local government elections in the state to effect the desired change in the nation’s polity.
Earlier, the Acting Director of CAPP, Mr Nelson Ananze, said that the event was to promote youth participation in election and governance. (NAN)