Alhaji Umaru Nasko, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Niger, on Monday, urged youths across the country to shun violence during and after the February elections.
He made the call when he received a Grand Peace Ambassador award by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in Minna.
He said youths should not be seen as inexperienced people, rather, they should be given the opportunity to participate in all facets of governance.
He added that “I accept this Grand Peace award with all sense of humility, responsibility and I pledge not to let Nigerian youths down.
“Today, I stand to advocate that youths should not be seen as inexperienced people, they should be given the opportunity to participate in government activities to gain the needed experience.
“As youths, we must be disciplined at all times and be ambassadors through the opportunity given to us not just for today, but for the future generation.’’
Nasko appealed to PDP supporters to desist from being used as political thugs, saying youths should not take the law into their hands at anytime.
Earlier, Mr Ahmed Adamu, the CYC President, had advocated that youths be given 30 per cent political appointments at the three tiers of government.
He said “youths should be allowed to participate actively in running the nation’s affairs.
“They should be given the opportunity to participate in leadership positions because they are incorruptible.’’
Adamu, however, enjoined youths not to allow themselves to be used by politicians as instruments for election violence.