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•Saraki charges youths to shun violence

Godsgift Onyedinefu 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has tasked the political leaders at all levels to involve the Nigerian youths in the nation building instead of using them for thuggery and all forms of electoral malpractices.

This was disclosed in a statement Signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant ( Media & Communications) to CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle on friday

The Christian umbrella also charged the Nigerian youths to be patriotic, dedicated, hardworking, committed, optimistic, focused and hopeful in all their endeavour if they must be relevant as the country is facing a lot of challenges threatening her stability.

Speaking at the official inauguration of the new leadership of the Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria (YUWICAN), the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle lamented that Nigerian youths have remained unemployed due to a lack of visionary leaderdishp and being used for politicians selfush gain.

He said “Election is coming, campaign has begun. I call on all our politicians to stop using our youths for violence and electoral manipulations. God has deposited a lot of potentials in our youths with a view to using them as builders of this country.

“The politicians should stop misusing them. I call on all Nigerian youths especially the Christian youths to shun all electoral violence and manipulations.”

He also reminded those playing leadership roles in the Church to regard their tasks as sacrifices to God instead of seeing their works as channels of enriching themselves.

Speaking on The Role Of Christian Youth In Nation Building And Development, the Director of National Issues and Social Welfare of the Association, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Stephen T.V. Adegbite who was the Guest Speaker tasks the Christian youths to be involved in the political process as part of their responsibilities in Nation Building.

“Youths must seek to participate in government, politics and policy formulation. We must shelve aside our responsibilities of joining mainstream politics and forming healthy and progressive alliances among ourselves and participating in all issues of national interest.

“Service and sacrifice to the country and fatherland in the spirit of true patriotism must be a front burner in the heart of every youth. This means the country’s peace, sanity and orderliness should be the utmost desire of every youth. By way of responsibility, the participation and involvement of the Christian youth in nationalisation is mandatory.

“It is also evidence that patriotism is the first trait lacking among Christian youths. For any nation to move forward, the people and most especially the Christian youth must love their country unconditionally.

“All the evil that befall befalls this country, like corruption, terrorism, ethno religious crisis are as a result of lack of true patriotism. If we truly love this nation, we will do anything to protect her interest and we will have in mind that Nigeria is bigger than any individual or institution.” he said

In his own remark, the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki appealed to the Nigerian youths to say no to all forms of violence in the coming general election.

Saraki who was represented by Senator Philip Tanimo Aduda as one of the awardees said, “I call on all Nigerian youths not to participate in any electoral violence as we are drawing closer to the 2019 election. They are welcome on board in the building of our country and we promise that we will not fail them.”

He also solicited for prayers and support in his bid to become the President of the country next year.

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