Sunday, January 20, 2019

Nasarawa State LGC poll: Ex-LG boss cautions youths against violence

Ahead of the local government elections in Nasarawa State, former Administrator of Akun Development Area, Mr Monday Nanza, has called on youths in the state to shun violence.

Nanza made the appeal on Monday while fielding questions from the media in Keffi, Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

He also advised the youths and people of the state not to allow politicians to use them to foment trouble before, during and after the poll.

Nanza urged the people of the state to always preach the message of peace in order to have a free rancour poll.

The State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) has fixed the local government election for May 26.

“As a politician and a stakeholder, it is our role to continue to preach peace and unity, considering the importance of peace to the socio-economic development of the society.

“It is in view of this, I want to use this medium to advise the people of the state especially the youths to shun violence and not to allow any politician to use them in fomenting trouble during and after the local government poll,” he said.

Nanza also tasked the youth to embrace education and different skill acquisition programmes in order to be self reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

He described education as the bed rock of every society; hence the need for youths to embrace education, adding that knowledge is power, when one is well informed, he or she can move to places beyond his/her locality.

“Youths should channel their energy towards nation building, without the contribution of youths, no nation or society can experience meaningful progress and development.

“This is because youths are the pillar, foundation, backbone, agents of change and vanguard of peace of any nation,” he added.

Besides, he advised the youths to shun corruption, tribalism, nepotism and other negative social vices for the good of the society.

Nanza enjoined them to inculcate good values such as love and patriotism as well as being creative and innovative for the development of the country.

The former council boss further called on the people of the state and Nigerians at large to live in peace and to tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.

“Nigerians should be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and support government at all levels irrespective of our background in the interest of peace and national development,” Nanza said.