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Group Calls For Youth Participation in 2023 Elections

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

A Group, YAPASJU Center For Sustainable Development (YCSD) has called on Nigerian youths to key into schedules of activities towards the 2023 elections.

The Convener Youth Advocacy for Peace and Social Justices (YAPASJU) of the Group, Emmanuel Yatai made the call during the Centre’s stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Monday, December 5, 2022, which had representatives of the Centre, and other youth groups from 29 states of the federation.

According to Yatai who advised participants to ensure that, unwholesome acts that will undermine the elections are not condoned or perpetuated by them, he said the youths can participate by sensitizing themselves on the collection of their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and on the need to vote credible leaders

Hon. Yatai, who noted how critical the 2023 general elections meant for Nigeria, lent strong support and commended the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for sustaining the tempo of activities and the significant level of transparency exhibited so far.

He tasked the umpire body to work more closely with civil society organizations and community gatekeepers to ensure that tendencies for unwholesome acts during the polls are curbed.

On the security situation in the country, Hon Yatai charged the Nigerian government to play its role in protecting the lives and properties of citizens. He noted that” in the past few months, we have experienced improvement as incidences of attacks, kidnappings and banditry acts have reduced, but with the recent incidences in places like Kastina, Kaduna were still signs of rising insecurity. Yatai cautioned that the tempo needs to be stepped up so that before the elections there will be greater confidence amongst Nigerians to freely participate in the elections.

Other highlights of the stakeholder’s parley included preparations towards a national dialogue to hold in January 2023 which will center as an Agenda setter for leaders in 2023 and the activation of greater coverage to all the 36 states of Nigeria.

YAPASJU Centre was established in 2021 with a mission to organize, mobilize, educate, and awaken Nigerian society towards sustainable development.

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