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Farmers group tasks youths to shun electoral violence



Farmers group tasks youths to shun electoral violence

By Awayi Kuje
Sabongida (Nassarawa State), Feb. 21, 2019 Mr Retson Tedheke, the National Coordinator, Nigeria Farmers Group Cooperative Society, has advised youths to shun violence throughout the rescheduled general elections.
Tedheke gave the advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday at Sabongida, Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
He enjoined the youths not to allow themselves to be used for violence as politicians do not use their own children for such or other negative acts.
The coordinator also advised youths to be part of the political process in a positive manner.
“We don’t have to be part of the political process to be President. We must be part of the political process to change the status-quo.
“Barack Obama, former President of America, once said that a person’s voice can change a room and if you can change a room, you can change a town, you can change a city and the world.
“So youths must have the understanding that for politics to work all of us must engage in positive, not violence, but as activists that can engage politicians for them to be accountable.
“Youths have to understand that the only change that is viable is the change that is localised,” Tedheke said.
The farmers’ group coordinator, however, regretted that his members recorded losses due to the postponement of the polls by INEC because markets and banks were shut.
According to him, a lot of investors withheld their due to the uncertainty surrounding the election.
He noted that the group would have held a conversation with two or three banks that have been withholding their interests for over three months but for the rescheduled election.
Tedheke appealed to INEC to deliver a credible, free, fair and acceptable election.
Besides, he urged Nigerians to shun corruption and acts inimical to national development.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola