Nigeria’s well-known pop singer, Harmless Idibia, popularly referred to as ‘2baba’, has urged youths in Anambra to be brokers of peace and shun violence through the Nov. 6 governorship ballot within the state.
Idibia made the decision on Thursday in Awka on the ongoing “Vote To not Battle” marketing campaign organised by the Catch Them Younger Neighborhood Initiative (CATYCOI), in collaboration with the 2Face Idibia Basis.
The marketing campaign is supported by the Nationwide Democratic Institute (NDI) and america Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID).
He mentioned: “We’re right here to dialogue with Anambra youths and marketing campaign for peace, particularly, as we put together for the election.
“Our youths are essential stakeholders; this is the reason politicians use them to trigger violence. I wish to inform you that violence has no acquire however destroys lives and property.
“As youths, we have to promote peace, as a result of with out peace; the election can’t be free, honest and credible, and improvement too, can’t happen.
“Allow us to remember that election shouldn’t be struggle however a time for us to take part by voting correctly for the candidate that may assist safe our future,” he mentioned.
Idibia urged the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and the safety businesses to discharge their duties with none type of bias.
He additionally urged the citizens to cooperate with the safety businesses to make sure a violence-free election on November 6.
Additionally talking, Mr Ben Aga, Programme Director, NDI, mentioned that the institute would all the time assist programmes and campaigns that may make sure the effectiveness of the democratic course of within the nation.
Aga mentioned that the NDI recognised the youth as belongings and way forward for the nation in addition to key stakeholders in reaching a peaceable election within the state.
Contributing, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Eworo Echeng, mentioned the pressure was dedicated to making sure the protection and safety of residents earlier than, throughout and after the election.
Echeng, represented by ACP Emma Ogbuanya, mentioned that they have been collaborating with different safety businesses, CSOs, group and conventional leaders within the space of intelligence gathering.
Whereas interesting to the youth to embrace peace, he additionally urged the citizens to come back out and vote on election dates with out concern of assaults or harassment.
In his remarks, Mr Nonso Orakwe, the Govt Director, CATYCOI, mentioned that the function of youths in election-related violence had been significantly dynamic, as they’d been perpetrators and victims on the similar time.
“Resulting from eroding societal values and poverty, youths are straightforward recruits for assaults and violence throughout elections. With this marketing campaign, we wish to change the narratives and develop into ambassadors of peace in our nation,” Orakwe mentioned. (NAN)
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