- An anti-violence campaign ahead of the 2019 general election is gaining momentum
- The Commandant of Special Task Force (Operation Safe Heaven) in Plateau state has endorsed the campaign
- The STF commandant advised youths to avoid being used by politicians for political thuggery, saying anyone found wanting will be appropriately dealt with
Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) anti-violence campaign ahead of the 2019 general election, tagged ‘’vote not fight’’ has gained some morale boost.
The campaign was endorsed by the Commandant of Special Task Force (Operation Safe Heaven) in Plateau state, Major-General Augustine Agundu.
The STF commandant who hailed FPP for its efforts and consistency, particularly on the early warning alerts being regularly sent to the agency, urged the organisation to continue to sensitize youths in the "vote not fight" campaign and ensure youths stay away from political violence and criminality.
He made the statement when the FPP led by its regional coordinator, Ambassador Alkasim Aliyu, paid him a courtesy call at the STF headquarters in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
Major-General Augustine stated that the insecurity in Plateau state has little to do with any farmer and herdsmen clashes, but rather the handiwork of criminals and bandits, which he said was similar to what is happening in Zamfara and Sokoto state.
Speaking on the 'vote not fight' campaign, he emphasized on the need for youths to avoid being used by politicians for political thuggery, as he vows that anyone found wanting will be appropriately dealt with.
He also encouraged the youths to travel across the country and explore interstate business opportunities and entrepreneurship, adding that the multicultural conflict exists only when the youths are into criminality or drug abuse.
Earlier, Aliyu told the commandant that the organisation embarked on the visit to share with them it’s ongoing 'vote not fight' campaign.
The FPP coordinator also commended the STF for organising the first Plateau Youth Summit, which he described as the first of its kind in the history of the state.
Similarly, a civil society organisation, Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES), has launched a campaign against violence as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections scheduled for February 16 and March 2.
The campaign tagged 'I Stand 4 Peace' is geared towards raising awareness that will engender peace, before, during and after elections.
Speaking at a press briefing/media launch of the campaign on Monday, January 21, Oche-Precious Edeh, the convener of the group, said YES will collaborate with other groups to embark on campaign tour of the country during the campaign.
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