By Albert Akota
Ndi-Igbo Youth Organization (NYO) has stated clearly that it has not taken any position or endorsed any candidate(s) for any elective office yet for the forthcoming elections.
This is even as it lamented the political atmosphere toward the election, saying it is perceived as a battle ground and youths are being positioned as the principal combatants in the political showdown.
The group in a communiqué signed by it national president and national publicity secretary, Comrades Uzoh Ifeanyi and Igwe Ude-Umanta respectively, after a one-day stakeholders meeting of the leaders of Igbo youth organizations across the country and made available to journalist yesterday, said the Ndi-Igbo youth is disturbed and called for both local and international donor agencies on electoral matters and specifically INEC to immediately begin to organize enlightenments and town hall meetings on youth electoral engagement processes while focusing on vote protection mechanism and violence prevention.
It said INEC should ensure that the votes count in the election to avoid post election crisis that may involve the large army of unemployed youth, saying a situation where young people are consistently schemed out of the political parties’ tickets and in most cases do not actually participate in the process of choosing their party candidates or representatives is no longer acceptable.
The group said its candidate will be made known after due consultations with all relevant stakeholders, based on the disposition of party candidates to Ndi-Igbo youth, while also calling on youth across the country to preach peace and unity in Nigeria.
“We are disturbed that most of the violent protests that almost truncated the democratic process in the past were led by young people, either out of ignorance of the electoral process or genuinely disenfranchised” the group said.
It therefore called on other ethnic youth groups to vote wisely for candidates of their choice whose political agenda would guarantee the realization of young peoples’ collective aspirations and full potentials as young people of Nigeria.