ABUJA – Mr Simon Dolly, the Coordinator of the Christian Youth for Peace and Development Initiative (CYPDI), on Friday called on the political elites in Nasarawa State to counsel their followers on the need to ensure peace ahead of the 2015 elections.
Dolly, who was a former Youth Leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said this in Abuja at a news conference while reacting to the lingering crisis in the state.
He said that the crisis in the state was political and urged politicians in the state to retrain the followers.
“The problem that Nasarawa state is facing now is more or less political because the situation is getting out of hand.
“And if our political elite will not guide and direct their followers on the way they are doing this time around it is going to cause a lot of havoc to the entire state.
“If care is not taken the economic activities of Nasarawa State will be gone.
He urged the youth in the state to shun all divisive tendencies and seek what would benefit them and their families.
Dolly identified forgiveness and reconciliation as ingredients that would restore peace in the state.
He urged all parties seeking elections in 2015 to show decorum by adhering to the electoral law and avoid negative tendencies capable of throwing the state into anarchy.
“Hatred is too much in our land, the political class has refused to forgive one another.
“Before the state can move forward we must be forgive, we must reconcile with one another, we should allow the past to go.
“The situation that we are facing today in Nasarawa and Nigeria is lack of forgiveness, our political class refuses to forgive one another and they are planning evil.’’
While dismissing the insinuations that the crisis has religious undertone, he said that no place of worship in the state had been destroyed.
He insisted that some political elites had taken advantage of idle youths in the state in order to pursue their selfish interests.
According to him, the crisis in Nasarawa South Senatorial District can only be contained if the various political leaders reconcile their differences.
Dolly urged the youth in the state to shun all divisive tendencies and seek for what would benefit them and their families. (NAN)