By Balarabe Oshiafi
Member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Executive Director, Independent Public Service Accountability Watch (IPSAW), Ambassador Stephen Eriba, has advised youths against any acts capable of heating up the polity as tension about 2023 general election mounts.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday, Ambassador Eriba said “the NYCN is an umbrella body of Nigerian Youths both at home and in Diaspora. We feel obliged to contribute to a better Nigeria. We should shun violence.
“The youths should not be tools in the hands of those looking for elective office. If you see any wrong doing, report it”.
He condemned illicit drug consumption saying that the habit often pushes some citizens to engage in acts of crime and violence.
He charged youths not to sit on the fence but contribute to National Development by participating in politics.
“With the passage of the Not-too-young-to-run Bill into Law, any Youth can aspire to any elective office. Youths should register with a political party of their choice and abide by the rules of the party. Look at the case of his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. He came second in the primary election, nature took it’s course and the person who took first died. Yahaya Bello was thereafter made the Governor”.
The Benue-born Youth Leader argues that 2023 Election offers an opportunity for the young ones to make a statement about their tomorrow adding that it is when they play civilized and active part that they can hold elective office holders accountable.