Vision Africa president Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has called on the youths to be wary of politicians who might want to use them to fulfil their political ambition against the country in 2023.
Ounoha spoke at an inclusive youth dialogue conference co-organised by Vision Africa, ADF International and Global Peace Foundation in Abuja to alert the youths on the dangers of electoral violence.
He urged the youths to engage in peaceful activities that would involve in processes that would culminate in violent-free elections.
The bishop reminded them that they occupy critical position in the electoral process, stressing the fact that they constitute a higher percentage of the voting population.
According to him, youths have the numbers to determine who wins any political position; stressing that they should be vessel of good character and behaviour.
The Bishop urged them not to make themselves “cheaply available” for use by desperate politicians who are, obviously, after what they would gain.
He advised the youths to adopt the option of dialogue for whatever issues, challenges or misgivings that they might have regarding any process or governance, instead of resorting to violence.
Onuoha said: “Dialogue remains a critical component in resolving issues. I strongly advise that you embrace dialogue and consultations, and in addition to that evolve ideas that would guarantee peace, unity and development of the country.”
Former General Officer Commander 3 Division, Rukuba Cantonment, Jos, Plateau State, Major General Saleh Maina (rtd), challenged the youths to take advantage of the different empowerment programmes set up by the Federal Government rather than engaging in vices that are inimical to national development
Similarly, the Regional Representative, Global Peace Foundation, Rev. Father Canice Enyiaka, said youths should pick lessons from history, particularly how developed nations leveraged the ingenuity of their youths to transform their socioeconomic systems.
However he prompted the youths to use their numerical strength as confirmed by INEC statistics to stand and speak peace, equity and fairness in the forthcoming elections.
In their separate remarks, the President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo; National Chairman of Youth Wing of CAN (YOWICAN), Belusochukwu Enwere; and National President of National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Malam Sani Suleman, lauded the Global Peace Foundation for assembling youths from across the country for the purpose of educating and enlightening them on the issue.