By Ahmed Abubakar
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decried the rising number of the victims of the Boko Haram attacks, over 740,000 internally displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of insurgency activities at the North-eastern part of the country.
Disclosing this yesterday at its 9th public lecture titled, “Youth and Electoral Violence In Africa” which held at the Electoral Institute (TEI), the Director General, Professor Abubakar Momoh said the information was derived from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Professor Momoh in a welcome address said, despite the challenge of high number of IDPs the commission has vowed to reach out to all persons assuring that ‘no one would be disenfranchised in the on-going Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) registration exercise.
He said the TEI has over the years, “carefully selected topics and themes that would not only benefit the public but with topical issues that are of relevance to the prevailing situation in the country”.
Also, the Director General of the Institute Tourism and Hospitality, Chiha Balogun said the youth have all it takes to be at the corridors of power.
He however noted that it is one thing to have what it takes to govern and another to ask if the youths are actually ready and willing to govern the country.
He then commended the youth for not carrying out a reprisal action against the innocent public as it use to be in the past after the latest attack on people at the Kano Central mosque.
On his part, the chairman Inter-Party advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), Dr. Yunusa Tanko said there is no doubt that the youth in the country have suffered neglect by the ruling class in spite of their electoral numerical strength.
Dr. Yunusa tasked the youth to as a matter of right, use their numerical strength to change the political tide so that it would start swinging in their favour.