As the 2023 general election approaches, Nigerian youths have been told not to allow themselves to be used by mischievous politicians to perpetuate violence in the electoral process.
Delta State Commissioner for Lands and Surveys, Barr (Mrs) Kate Onianwa, gave the charge in Asaba when a delegation of Youth Citizens of Nigeria paid her a courtesy visit.
She noted that experience had shown that youths were major stakeholders in the electoral process, which was why politicians that lacked the clout had tended to depend largely on them to do odd jobs, particularly thuggery, to see them through their elections.
Mrs Onianwa, however, decried the manner that such youths were abandoned after risking their lives during elections, and wondered why desperate and self-centered politicians would want to use other parents’ children for dirty jobs while their own children were outside the country enjoying their education.
The Commissioner maintained that it was high time Nigerian youths resisted the temptation of being drugged and armed to kill and maim others for power – drunk politicians who believed that politics was a do-or-die affair, stressing that they should be agents of change for things to be done right in the country.
She said in Delta, the Okowa administration had put in place youth-friendly policies and programmes aimed at reorienting the younger generation towards a more realistic value system, pointing out that the Governor’s job and wealth creation programmes had produced thousands of self employed youths, who in turn had become employers of labour.
Mrs Onianwa commended the youth organisation for having a thorough-bred young man, Comrade Ekene Okonkwo, as its Delta State Chairman, revealing that his sterling virtues informed his appointment as her Special Assistant.
The Commissioner pledged to always identify with the group and accepted the proposal to make her a Patron of the organisation.
The Coordinator of the body, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbolu, thanked the Lands Commissioner for finding one of their own, Ekene Okonkwo, worthy to serve as her Special Assistant and assured her of the continued support of the group.
The State Chairman of Young Citizens of Nigeria, Comrade Ekene Okonkwo, said the group was a non governmental and apolitical organisation, committed to ensuring that things were done right in the society to avoid injustice.
Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of the body, Comrade Patrick Okolie, congratulated the Commissioner on her appointment and prayed God to grant her the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Ministry.