YOUTH SUMMIT 2019: VARSITY DON URGES YOUTHS TO SHUN ELECTION VIOLENCES

By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),

Professor Matthew Iwuchukwu of the Department of French, University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, has called on young minds not to allow politicians use them for the wrong reasons in the fourth coming general elections in the country.

Iwuchukwu, made these appeal as a guest speaker at the 2019 National Youth Round Table Summit, held in Awka the Anambra state capital on Wednesday 24th January, 2019.

The education Guru who spoke on the topic: “Violence free election and youth inclusion in governance”, lectured extensively on the need for youths to wake up and take their rightful place in the country.

He frowned at the attitude of the present politicians who have refused to retire and give youths the chance to contribute to the building of the nation. He however stated that most of the old politicians who want to remain in power till they die got into government at their early thirties.

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He outlined cultural, economical, psychological barriers as stumbling blocks against youths being in power.

He added by applauding His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano the Executive Governor of Anambra state, for appointing the youngest commissioner in Nigeria describing him as a youth loving governor.

He encouraged young minds to have more interest in politics through taking advantage of the, “Not too young to run” bill signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Varsity Don tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security agencies to be on top of their game, adding that both of them have a great role to play towards insuring free and fair elections

Prof Iwuchukwu insisted that Nigerian youths are not lazy but are responsible, industrious, intelligent and hardworking.

He condemned vote buying and hate speech among politicians emphasizing that election is not a do or die affair.

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