From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Contrary to the belief that politicians engaged youths as thugs, a member representing Chikun Constituency in Kaduna State House of Assembly
Markus Yari, has said nowadays the youths are the ones looking for politicians for engagement.
He disclosed this at a one-day consultative stakeholders’ meeting on alternative peace road map to achieve peace, free and fair 2019 general elections in Kaduna State, organized by Centre for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development, (CPAED) held in Kaduna.
Yari, who is Chairman House Committee on Due Process and Public Procurement, was represented the Deputy Speaker, KDHA, Honourable Nuhu Shadalafiya.
He cautioned youths who are on drugs not to be part of 2019 elections, as they could cause commotion.
He equally called on parents who know that their wards are into drugs to counsel them accordingly, and not allowed them be used by anyone.
Fielding questions from the media, he said that they were already aware that some of the youths were already engaged in drugs, adding that the issue now is “What is the way forward?”
According to him, the meeting was timely and very important, as the State Government is not only looking at the 2019 elections, but the peaceful nature of the state, saying stakeholders at the meeting should chart a way forward.
“As legislators, we brought law on consumption of liquor and others. Public hearing was open so that people know the drugs that make youths to hallucinate and go out of their senses. Where are these drugs manufactured? Where are they sold? Who are the vendors? These laws are available in Kaduna today.
“If you are a youth, and you know that you are a drug addict, don’t be part of this upcoming election, because you will cause commotion.
“If you are a parent, and you know your child is engaged in drugs, you have to counsel him accordingly. Don’t leave him to be used by any person.
“In fact, let me tell you politicians don’t even go for the youth now; it is the youths who go after the politicians. So, how do we curtail this?” he queried.
“I think the State Government should look at what to get the youths involved. I know if the youths are gainfully employed, their mindsets will change. We have to put our heads together; parents should play their role, communities and we, the politicians, should also play our roles.
“Government, again, should be able to provide all those basic things needed by the youths to get them involved; while the youths should be able to take advantage of projects that government brings up, no matter how small. It is not just enough for a youth to say, ‘Because of unemployment that’s why I am into thugs.
“The youths should be able to use their brains and thankfully, God has blessed Nigeria with viable youths with brains. You can see how Nigerian youths in the Diaspora are excelling,” Hon Yari admonished.
Also, the Resident Electoral Commissoner, (REC) Kaduna State, Malam Abdullahi Kaugama, cautioned that the youths should not allow themselves to be used by politicians for thuggery before, during and after elections.
Kaugama, represented by Hajiya Fatima Bande, explained that hate speech is a big menace that is creeping into the political circle in recent times; and called on stakeholders to shun it; noting that hate speeches negate the fundamental principles of democracy in any modern society.