By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJAâ€”Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri, weekend, on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, charged members of the Association of Northern Nigerian Students, ANNS, saying they should be at the vanguard of the Federal Governmentâ€™s drive to establish a stable democratic polity through the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2011.
Said the minister: â€œIt is the belief of President Goodluck Jonathan, that the time had come for the youths of this country to resist being used as agents of destabilization and electoral misconducts.â€
Waziri said, â€œas long as people refuse to imbibe acceptable democratic norms, especially in the conduct of elections, the future of the youths would remain insecure, which is why they should rise up to the struggle against violence, rigging and all forms of electoral manipulations asÂ the country gears up for the next general elections.”
The Federal Government, he said, would continue to encourage associations, as long as they were formed to promote peaceful coexistence, unity and national development and assured them of President Jonathanâ€™s support for their programmes.
National President of the association, Comrade Aruwa Ismaila also gave President Jonathan a pat on the back for the implementation of the police reform programme and amnesty for militants in the Niger Delta.