Youths charged to resist election-related crimes
Nigerian youths have been called upon to resist politicians who only view them as tools to be deployed for election-related crimes.
Convener of NGVotersEdu2023 Nigerian Youth Votes, Tunji Ajibola, who made the call in Abuja, regretted that youths allow politicians to cajole and intimidate them with pittance, while using them against their fellow youths.
He also lamented that nearly all the election-related crimes involve young people who politicians recruit as foot soldiers.
According to him, political parties and politicians rely so much on youths for their various political agenda, adding that without the youth elements in the electioneering process, there won’t be any activity .
Ajibola urged youths to refuse being manipulated by politicians, adding that they should realise the power they possess collectively to determine who wins any election through their bloc votes.
He stressed that youths should show the same level of concern they have for the reality television show, Big Brother Nigeria, on critical national issues.
He expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical attitude of young people towards electioneering in the country.
Ajibola noted that young people, who comprise 80 per cent of the estimated population of Nigeria, form the largest voting block in the country, adding that they are the key stakeholders in Nigeria’s elections.
He cited recent statistics released by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC), which showed a large number of registered voters being young people, but the voting patterns showed that only a few managed to vote.