By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—WORRIED by the spate of kidnapping and violent crimes in Nigeria, particularly Abia State, the youth wing of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YUCAN, Sunday, embarked on one day fasting and prayer to seek the face of God to the problem.
According to the state chairman of the YUCAN, Mr. Vincent Ogbonna, the decision to seek the face of God for his intervention is informed by the fact that it is only God that can give the people maximum protection.
Ogbonna also prayed for the amicable resolution of the face-off between ASUU of the state university and the government to enable students go back to the classroom.
“We are asking God for his intervention also in the case between the state government and ASUU and other unions in the state university for both parties to reach a compromise between them for our students to go back to school,” Ogbonna said.
According to him, since the university teachers embarked on strike over four months ago, some youths have been tempted to engage in criminal activities and other vices that are inimical to their progress.
He also prayed for a peaceful election in 2011 and expressed the readiness of the organization to be involved in any effort to make it free and fair.
Ogbonna said it was only through the participation of the youths in the election that credible leaders would be elected for the good of the people and country,.
“We are no longer going to sit back and watch others decide our common fate during the election, so we must take part in every form necessary, but through being used as thugs.
“In the past politicians have used and dumped us, in most cases turning our youths into thugs and later armed robbers, but this time around we are not ready to be used in that form, but to participate by ensuring that votes are not stolen during voting and after voting for the people’s choice to be elected into office”.
He called on the youths in the state and country to come out and register during the voter registration exercise just as he announced that the group would soon embark on a sensitization tour of the 17 local government areas of the state on the need for the people to participate in the voters registration exercise.