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Don’t fall for politicians’ divisive antics, Enugu APC chair charges youths

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Ben Nwoye

Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, yesterday, urged Nigerian youths to be wary of antics of the political class manifest in dishing out of half-truths to destroy the country, insisting that the nation could not afford a free fall.

Addressing the ‘Enugu Youth Forum Maiden Summit’ in the capital, Nwoye maintained that though the country was challenged at the moment, he cautioned politicians against cashing in on the unsavoury situation to incite disunity.

Explaining that dialogue was key to fixing the nation, the APC chair regretted the vulnerability of youths to propagation of falsehood on the social media, warning that they would be the ultimate losers in the event of escalated crisis.

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He said: “We use words to bring calm and peace. We also use words to bring disorder and introduce war. Those making inciting statements are not ordinary people. They are leaders willing not to tell the whole truth. That there is insecurity in the country is the truth but that the country should go down in flame is not the truth. They are not telling people that they have made a second choice. They are not telling the youths that they would become real victims if this country goes up in flames. They are not telling the graduates that even though there is a delay in their being gainfully employed, there is still hope for them.”

Nwoye went on: “If you look across the globe, you see people drowning every day. Why are they drowning? It is war, it is restlessness introduced to them by the political class. The political class doesn’t flee with makeshift boat. They have options.

“What I am saying is that we should look at it globally, holistically and say, yes, the country is not perfect as it is now, but we can fix it. Let us have a dialogue. Let us have a discussion on how to fix it (Nigeria) and let us not go on a free fall. This nation of over 60 per cent youths cannot afford a free fall. Look at our neighbours, especially the south easterners, we do not have any neighbor where we can run to. We don’t have any country where we can run to.

So whatever happens here stays here. Those that have opportunity would bail out even before the whistle of war they have been promoting goes off.”

He enjoined the young people to ignore the call by “agents of doom that have said that Nigeria will break up by 2023.”

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