Agitating youths
Agitating youths

2019: Arewa Youth Assembly partner NYCN, vow to curb electoral violence

By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman

The Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) says it will partner with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) to curtail electoral violence in the 2019 general elections.

Mr Mohammed Salihu, Speaker of AYA made this known in Abuja during awards presentation and turbaning ceremony of National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN President Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, as the “Sarkin Matasan Nijeriya – Youth leader of Nigeria.”

Salihu believes the partnership is needed, so as to sensitise youths on the dangers of being used as thugs to foment trouble during elections.

He posited that, “As we are going into the election year, we know that youths are being used to stir electoral violence.

“It is high time we sensitise youths to avoid being used by politicians because while they take their children abroad, the innocent young men at home are used as objects of destruction.

“We do not want to lose any youth on account of the elections and that is why the partnership is important to sensitise the youths on electoral violence.’’

Salihu recalled how people had lived together in the past in peace regardless of religion, tribe and ethnicity differences.

He said AYA is an umbrella body of all 19 Northern States in the country, with FCT inclusive, is primarily committed to preaching peace, ensuring morality and promoting a corrupt-free society.

He called on Nigerian leaders to stop using religion to tear the country apart.

In his response, Sukubo commended AYA for the award bestowed upon him and vowed to work towards curbing violence in all ramifications.

Sukubo promised to launch a blueprint in January 2019 in all the 774 local government areas, the 36 states and the FCT to enable the council to solve problems confronting the Nigerian youths.

He sternly warned political leaders to shun acts capable of dividing Nigeria and encourage values that would unite the nation.

“Our leaders need to set an example for us, but since we are the future leaders, we ought to also set the pace for others,’’ he said.

Also, he promised to fight drug trafficking and drug abuse that mostly affected the youth and with a view to reducing the menace to the barest minimum.

Sukubo said that youth empowerment would be the focus of his leadership to engage youths meaningfully and prevent them from falling into the wrong `profession’ due to idleness.