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By Wale Mustapha.
The Kogi State chapter of Youth Ambassador of Nigeria, YAN, have commenced a 90 days campaign to curb youth involvement in electoral violence in the state and it’s environs.
The body kicked off the crusade on Thursday with a visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Kogi State, Professor James Iorliam Apam.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Kogi State, Professor Apam who received the organization in his office commended initiative by YAN Kogi State adding that such move would further assist INEC in sensitizing the public to have credible elections.
While endorsing the campaign and promised his support to make it a success, Professor Apam called on other organizations to join YAN, Kogi State on such initiative.
Led by the Speaker of the Kogi State chapter of YAN, Comrade Obaje Mustapha Hassan, the youth ambassadors said the initiate was geared towards reducing youths’ participation in electoral violence which is bringing the image of youths in Nigeria to disrepute.
Comrade Hassan said the weeklong campaign which is tagged #PeaceIsPossible will be conducted in three phases which are gathering of stakeholders of common interests to further push the campaign to downtrodden, organizing a football competition where sports will be used to promote peace and sensitize the youths on electoral violence and organizing seminars with relevant stakeholders like INEC, security agencies and political parties.
He added that “this campaign is not geared towards campaigning for any political parties or individual, it is YAN’s way of joining hands with INEC to further sensitize the public especially the youths on dangers we will expose ourselves and society to by involving in electoral violence and we believe collaborating with relevant bodies like INEC would further explain how interested we are in making sure we have a credible, free and fair elections in Nigeria.”
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