By Juliana Agbo, Abuja
Nigerian youths have been advised to shun every temptation of electoral violence during the forth coming 2019 general election.
He advised them to avail themselves for nation building initiatives which would improve the living standard of Nigerians.
He made the call in Abuja by the National Chairman of National Liberation Forum (NLF), Engr. Haleem Hassan, while meeting with interim members of the National Executives Councils, who would pilot the affairs of the organisation in Nigeria.
Hassan lamented that the violence recorded in most parts of Nigeria are as a result of youth engaged by selfish politicians, who armed them with guns and other weapons to perpetrate violence during elections, and abandoning them when they win their elections.
According to Hassan, with the menace the youths are facing in the hands of Nigeria political leaders, that is why the National Liberation Forum (NLF) has come with the gospel of youth transformation and rebuilding, so that the glory of the youth will be felt in the scheme of things in Nigeria politics.
He said that Nigeria will not have the true transformation the country long for, if the youths are not given the opportunity to take over 80 percent of the leadership of the country, adding that there are many Nigerian youths who have good ideas that will improve the living standard of the people, but they are not given the opportunity.
Hassan also blamed the youths for allowing themselves to be used and dumped by selfish prehistoric politicians who always neglected them in leadership positions, that it is always difficult to see any youth nominated by the government of Nigeria for any strategic positions.
“The youth should be given the opportunity to take over the leadership affairs of Nigeria, because this country needs fresh ideas and initiatives that will change the situation of Nigeria for the better. We are tired of old ideas that are been recycled for years by our aged leaders without positive results.
“If you look at developed nations like France, the President of the country is not up to 50 years old, but in Nigeria for example, our Presidents in the last 20 years have been over 60years old. If we continue to be governed by those that are old enough to be our grandfathers, this country will not have that positive change that we all long for.
“That is why are will not stop calling the youths to change their mentality of ‘money for power,’ whereby they will be given peanuts to perpetrate violence against themselves during elections for the selfish interest of our aged politicians and be dumped when they win. It is time for the youths to become leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
Hassan further disclosed that in a bid to ensure that the youths are fully sensitized, the organization is taking her campaign to over 30 states of the federation, encouraging youths not to involve in any negative vices during elections, but to come out and contest for different positions.
The chairman who said that the forum is open for qualitative advice and contributions from all Nigerians, also charged the youth to come up with ideas that will change the country for the best, that they should resist every temptation of being used to carry out violence in the nation.