By Gami Tadanyigbe
Abuja Indigenous Students Association (AISA), an umbrella body of all student Union in FCT, has urged youths in the country to shun violence and avoid vote selling or buying during the forthcoming general elections.
Comrade Alhaji Abubakar, the national president of the association made the call in an interview in Kuje on Monday.
According to him, the call to shun violence became imperative due to the important role youths play in every elections and to the socio-economic development of the country.
“The association preaches against electoral violence, hate speech and snatching of ballot boxes during elections.
“No nation will experience meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion, because peace is a necessary requirement for the development of any nation.
“We call on the youths to shun violence and not to engage in any divisive tendencies in the name of ethnic, religious and political affiliation but to vote leaders of proven integrity,” he said.
He added that the electorates especially the youths, should consider the 2019 general elections as a means of enhancing the nation’s democracy and socio-economic development.
“We are calling on the electorate to choose candidates by using certain parameters such as credibility, integrity and political ideology. We call on all eligible voters to promote violence-free elections and come out en masse on election days and vote for credible leaders,’’ he said.
Besides, he advised the electorate and the contestants to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, while considering the interests of the country during and after the elections.
Abubakar also called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians to foment trouble or perpetrate electoral malpractices during the general elections.