Coalition Dares Crisis Merchants Over 2023 Elections


BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youth and Civil Society Coalition for Development (YCSCD) has threatened to take legal action against persons or groups that perpetrate any form of violence before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.

The organisation said its stand is informed by the fact that some persons seem bent on disrupting the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of Nigerians, by taking advantage of the 2023 elections to perpetrate their evil plan.

National President of YCSCD, Comrade Aminu Aminu, delivered the threat in Jos during the official unveiling of a peace sensitization campaign titled; “The Role of Youths in Maintaining Law and Order, Unity and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria.”

He said as agents of peace, it is high time to put an end to the activities of such unscrupulous elements, because Nigeria is the only country they have, and must ensure everything positive is done to preserve and advance it.

Comrade Aminu said; “It would be recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration has been facing unnecessary interference and many people are doing all they could to bring his administration into disrepute. Their target also is to use the 2023 general elections to cause more harm, and they want to use the youths to achieve their aim.

“So, we have come out en-masse to tell them that there is a legal and legitimate way by which anyone with grievances can ventilate his or her grievance or seek redress. In this respect, we held a solidarity rally on June 12, that is the democracy day, and we have been advancing our campaign”, he said.

The YCSCD President said; “We have also looked at the situation critically and observed that there is a need for us to go round the six geopolitical zones in the country to preach peace, unity, and advocate for law and order. An interesting hallmark of our activities is to take legal action against anyone perpetrating political violence before, during, and after the 2023 elections”.

Comrade Aminu said it was important that Nigerian youths offer the organisation maximum support and cooperation to actualize their mission for the good of all and sundry.

In his remarks at the occasion, Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, said the youths represent the highest percentage of the Nigerian population and they also contribute a lot to the socio-economic development of the country.

Mallam Abdullahi, who delivered a keynote address at the event, said it is imperative for Nigerian youths to engage in fruitful and meaningful ventures than in political violence or allowing themselves to be used as political thugs by politicians.

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