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Published On: Wed, Jan 30th, 2019

Avoid being used to disrupt coming elections, INEC advises youth

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By Lateef Ibrahim

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has cautioned Nigerian youth not to be used to do wrong things capable of disrupting the forthcoming elections.
Yakubu further advised them to avoid being mobilised for doing the wrong things by people whose future is already determined.
The INEC Chairman said these on Tuesday at a National Youth Summit organised by the commission in Abuja.
Prof Yakubu equally appealled to INEC Youth Ambassadors (IYA) to continue to appeal to the youths for peaceful elections in Feb. 16 and March 2.
He advised Nigerian youths to take active participation in the elections to determine those who would govern the affairs of the country.
In his words, “Conflict, violence and disruption are the exact antithesis of credible elections.
“Since the majority are the young people, they should participate in the elections peacefully and not allow themselves to be mobilize for the all the wrong reasons.
“Don’t be mobilised for doing the wrong things by people whose feature is already determined.
“The future is yours not for those who may wish for all manner of reasons to mobilize you in the wrong direction”, the INEC Chairman declared.
He described the forthcoming general elections as “elections of the young people, as the youth constituted about 81 per cent of the 80,004,084 of the total registered voters”.
The INEC Chairman noted that the youth in the just released voter registered has 42, 938,458 voters which constitute 51.1 per cent of the total registered voters.
His words, “So, those between the ages of 18 and 35 constitute 42.9 million approximately 43 million of the registered voters which is 51 percent of the total registered voters in the country.
“If you add the middle age category between 36 to 50, which is 25 million or 30 per cent, the young people in this country constitute 81 per cent of the registered voters in Nigeria.
“So the 2019 general elections is actually the election of the young people,” Yakubu said.
The INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said that all states of the federation were represented at the summit.
He advised Nigerian youths to take active participation in the elections to determine those who would govern the affairs of the country.
The European Union Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen, said that it was expected of Nigeria to consolidate on the standard and peaceful election it achieved in 2015 general elections.

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