Written by Austine ELEMUE

SDS, NOA sensitise Abuja youth on violence-free elections

Youths in the Federal Capital Territory have been implored to avoid violence during and after the just concluded area council elections. 

In particular, the youth are advised not to allow themselves to be used as a tool for violence in the hands of desperate politicians.  

This advice was made by some stakeholders at a sensitisation forum for a violence free elections in the FCT with the theme: 'The role of youth in a violence free elections', organised by Social Development Secretariat, SDS, at the Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja. 

In her remarks at the event, Acting Director, Youth Development Department of the SDS, Hajarat Titilayo Alayande, who congratulated the FCT residents especially the youth for a decent conduct during the presidential and National Assembly elections, urged them to sustain the momentum during future elections. 

Alayande described FCT youths as decent and peaceful people, who are expected to be promoters of peace in the territory. 

She called on youth to shun drugs abuse, noting that drug abuse triggers violence in the society, thereby putting the youth at a disadvantaged position in the scheme of things. 

She also urged religious and community leaders to sensitise youth groups within their domain, to maintain orderliness, before, during and after the elections. 

"We have to remain focus, so as to promote peace and inclusive rapid development in the territory. The elections will come and go but the FCT will remain, hence the need to maintain the peace during and after the process," she said. 

Also speaking, FCT director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. David Dogo, noted that violence does no one any good, as its effect on the society is unimaginable experience, adding that violence turns any society into a failed place to live as humans. 

Dogo said youth must understand that they have a very critical role to play in promoting peaceful coexistence in the territory. 

He added that the youth can positively or negatively influence the conduct and outcome of any political process because they have the numbers to do so. 

According to him, "youth as the future leaders must think and act well in pursuit of happiness in the territory, hence they should not get involved in electoral violence, as doing so will jeopardize their future". 

In a goodwill message, chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, FCT chapter, Comrade Abdullahi Suleiman, described the workshop as apt, and critical to the peaceful conduct of people during the exercise. 



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