By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—YOUTHS, weekend, staged a peaceful protest over the death of 10 youths in an auto-crash, while on their way to witness the Appeal Court judgment on Ebonyi State governorship election.
The youths, who carried placards with various inscriptions, stormed the Government House, Abakaliki to register their protest.
In his speech, leader of the youths and Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Elder Samuel Igwe said: “No doubt, every mortal will die definitely one day, but a situation where these youths had to be sacrificed on the altar of political desperation is unacceptable to Ebonyians.
“Anybody can go to the court to challenge whatever he feels aggrieved about but that has to be done following due process with evidences for justification, and not to sacrifice our youths.
“We suspect that some political desperados know what or who is behind these sad deaths of our youths who are future leaders of our dear state.
“We suspect foul-play in this matter as it concerns the enemies of the incumbent administration.”
He called on Governor David Umahi to set up a panel of inquiry to unravel the causes of the untimely death of the youths.
Addressing the youths, the Chief of Staff Government House, Chief Emmanuel Offor said, the state government was unhappy over the death of the youths.
He alleged that some misguided and desperate politicians in the state were using the youths as sacrifice to actualize their ambition.