ABUJA – The abduction of over 200 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on April 14 by Boko Haram sect is a security issue which should not be politicised.
Mr Aruwa Ismail, National Coordinator, Amalgamated Northern Youths for Peoples Democratic Party PDP (ANY4PDP), made the remark in Abuja on Thursday.
Ismail, who spoke at the inauguration of the group, added that government was making efforts to get the girls released.
He called on opinion leaders in the country to separate security issues from political issues.
He said the abduction of Chibok girls should not be a factor to determine the fate of any person or party to win an election because it was not a political matter.
“Chibok girls’ adoption should be taken out of politics because everybody has condemned the act of terrorism in strong terms.
“It is the nation’s wish that the girls should be released.
“The ANY4PDP is going to mobilise our brothers and sisters in the north to continue to identify with the party in 2015 and beyond”, Ismail said.
Mr Jude Imagwe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youths and Student Matters urged the youths to look beyond party victory for peaceful co-existence.
“Northern region used to be very peaceful until recently when we have security challenges in the region.
“I therefore call on the youths to look beyond party victory and ensure the return of peaceful co-existence in the region and our entire nation.[eap_ad_2]
“I believe more than ever that Nigeria can become a great nation again. The youths have a great role to play in the development of any nation.
“Mr President believes the nation belongs to all of us and challenges us to take the nation to a greater height”, Imagwe said.
In a paper: The Role of Youths in Peace-Building for Meaningful Development, Mr Saleh Kubah, Director, Centre for Youth Development and Conflict Management, called on youths to adopt the culture of peace.
“The youth should be exposed to the merits of peace and non-violence to avoid pushing the nation to become a failed state.
“Culture of peace should be developed at the family level which will extend to community and national levels’’, Kubah said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five million-man membership drive for PDP was inaugurated by Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, National Chairman of PDP.
Mu’azu, represented by Anas Adamu, called on Nigerians to shun sentiments and embrace positive development in the interest of the nation.
The five million-man membership drive aims to deliver the north to the PDP in 2015. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]