By: Ike Philip AbiagomAhead of the 2023 general elections, The President of Ibusa Youths Council(IYC) Alum Ifeanyi Asiodu, has urged youths in Ibusa to steer clear of violence, and thuggery but apply wisdom to elect credible leaders in the forthcoming elections for the country to move forward.
Alum Asiodu noted that the future of Nigeria is bigger than individual ambitions, advising the electorates to prevent everything that would mar the elections in February and March this year. He gave the advice while disclosing the activities of the council to journalists in Ibusa, ahead of the elections.
According to Asiodu, the council has commenced an enlightenment campaign targeted at educating Ibusa people on ways to ensure peaceful and successful elections. He stressed that the future of Ibusa and Nigeria at large lies in the hands of the young people, and urged them to promote peace and nonviolence during and after the elections.
He said: “Young people have a major role to play in promoting and sustaining peace, before, during and after the elections.
“There is no doubt that some individuals will make attempt to antics youths to stimulate violence, young people must not fall for these tricks.
“The future of Nigeria is bigger than individual ambitions. As young people, we must remember there is a great future ahead of us. Posterity will never forget the decision we make today.
“We have been down this road before, we have had contentious elections in the past; we have always shown the world that our democracy is growing, let us go out in our numbers and vote. We may our perspectives, choices, and different views but the ultimate interest of a standing Nigeria should be our utmost priority.”
As the general elections draw near, it is pertinent for families to educate their young ones and youths on the need to shun violence and avoid being used as thugs, especially as most politicians who might engage them have safely kept their own children in foreign countries to get quality education.
Asiodu further advised Nigerians to be change agents for the growth of the nation, adding that the period of election is when the country makes decision on leadership.