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Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has cautioned the Nigerian youths against being used by politicians as political thugs to foment trouble during 2015 general election.
According to him, politicians who make use of the youths for their selfish reasons always abandon them after elections whether they win or lose.
This advice to the Nigerian Youths Multi-stakeholders Dialogue Group was contained in a statement signed yesterday by his Press Secretary, Mr. Ozoya Imohimi, which was made available to THISDAY in Abuja.
The minister stated that: "Youths as potential leaders are to guard against being used by unscrupulous politicians to foment trouble during elections, and politicians who make use of the youths for their selfish reasons always abandon them after elections whether they win or lose.”
Turaki noted that youths, who allowed themselves to be used negatively would be the losers, stressing that they should be united in eschewing all forms of violence and support the present administration's developmental drive in the country.
The minister urged the youths not to remain politically neutral, but be part of the change by seeking elective posts, as “change is not possible from without, but from within.”
He, therefore, promised his support and that of his ministry to the yearnings of the youth movement, especially their proposed Multi-stakeholders’ Dialogue Summit.
Chairman of the group, and the Mr. National President of the Nigerian Youth Action Coalition (NYUAC), Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, said the group was a national, all inclusive network of Nigerian youth democrats and advocates for sustainable development, united and peaceful co-existence.
Abdulmajeed reiterated the group’s readiness to support government’s efforts to restore Nigeria to its once enviable glory as well as save it from the brink of disintegration and anarchy.