By:Abubakar S. H
A Kogi-based group, Kogi Youths For Good Governance, KYGG, has called on politicians to stop destroying the future of youths by using them as thugs during elections.
A notable stakeholder in Lokoja community, Alhaji Muhammed Idris Yunusa, stated this while speaking to Nigerian Trend in Lokoja on Thursday.
“As a group, we feel very worried that youths who are potential leaders are being used as thugs before, during and after elections.
“They are destroying the future of the state because when they give these youths money to cause violence during elections, they are not only destroying them, they are also destroying the state.
“It is not fair for politicians to keep using and dumping youths as if they have no future. The unfortunate thing is that they don’t use their own children for such violence but they will rather use children of the poor,” he said.
According to him, “an example was an incident that occurred in Anyigba, when a youth was killed while trying to hijacked ballot box,he was shot dead”.
He said the leaders and politicians in government do not want to quit for the younger ones.
He added that it was worrisome that Nigerian politicians had refused to give way to the young ones who constitute the majority in the country.
“The youths were tired of being led by old people who had run out of ideas because “there is nothing on ground to show for their being in power.”
“We are worried because these elders have been in power for long and they keep recycling themselves; they have refused to give way to youths.
“The time has come for us to rise up as youths and take over power from these old politicians because they think only themselves and their families; they don’t have us at heart,” he said.