By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”YOUTHS in Ebonyi State have condemned in its entirety, the renewed Ezza-Ezillo communal war, which had claimed no fewer than 300 lives and destruction of property worth billions of naira since the crisis started inÂ 2008.
National chairman of Ochudo (Peace) Vanguard for Attitudinal Change, Mr. Kelechi Mbam while inaugurating the Ezza-North Local Government chapter of the organisation, decried the war, regretting that the situation in Ezillo should be a source of worry to all Nigerians as the effect was no longer limited to the community but beyond.
Mbam said that attitudinal change among youths had become necessary giving the decadence in values, especially among the young people, who he said are the change agents of the future. He lamented that the way and manner youths scramble for earthly things reveals their negative values of greed and avarice.
Mbam said it was for the reason of degradation in value that Governor Martin Elechi came up with the campaign for attitudinal change in the state, noting that the attitudinal change campaign will help refocus the people of the state to think positively instead of indulging in criminal activities and sharp practices.
The Attitudinal Change Vanguard boss expressed confidence that when well inculcated, vices such as election rigging, examination malpractice, thuggery, armed robbery, lateness to function, bribery and other social problems would be a thing of the past. Mbam said that since majority of Ebonyi State people live in the rural areas, the group decided to move the campaign to the hinterlands to instill in the youths, the spirit and culture of attitudinal change.
Special Adviser to Governor Elechi on Attitudinal Change, Mr. Ken Uhuo lamented that the well cherished values that promoted development and progress in the communities in the past have now become scarce and in its place, corruption, immorality, armed robbery, dishonesty, disregard to human lives and cultism are today shamelessly celebrated.