Port Harcourt- Chief Albert Horsfall, the former Chairman of the defunct Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), on Friday urged youths to be peaceful during and after the elections.
Horsfall made the call in Port Harcourt in a special message titled ‘’Appeal for Peace and Security in Rivers State’’.
He said the call became imperative as Rivers had recorded the highest political killings in the run-up to the 2015 elections.
‘’But I want you to remember please as you go to cast your vote or involve yourself in the very final rounds of electioneering, there has already been too much bloodshed and political killings in Rivers State, the highest such killings in any part of the country out of our 36 states.’’
He said monies used to buy arms should have been invested in education and job creation for youths, to keep them busy.
He also urged the youths to search their consciences before acting, because those who used them to kill others, would abandon them when they win election.
‘’Search your conscience; those you are arranged to kill, what have they done to you or against you directly?
‘’And is violence, killings and destruction of property the best ways to settle issues?
‘’Remember that as Rivers people, the cradle of Nigeria’s civilization, came to Nigeria through our shores,’’ he said.
He urged Nigerians to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan for continuity and good governance. (NAN)