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August 22, 2018

2019 polls: Don’t engage in violent acts, Lagos dep gov, speaker, cleric urge youths

2019 polls: Don’t engage in violent acts, Lagos dep gov, speaker, cleric urge youths

Easter: Cleric advises Nigerians to have hope in God

By Monsuru Olowopejo

LAGOS — THE Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Adebule; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Mudasiru Obasa and clerics, yesterday, warned youths to reject any appeal from politicians to engage in acts that would disrupt the 2019 general elections.

They made the appeal after observing the Eid prayer at the Dodan Barracks praying ground which was also attended by National leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and others.

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Urging Nigerians to eschew all forms of violence ahead of the 2019 general elections, Adebule said that a violence-free election would demonstrate to the world that democracy had come of age in Nigeria.

She said: “As another election year approaches, I urge us to conduct ourselves peacefully. I also urge us to pray for peaceful co-existence, enhance national security and continued development of our dear state and country.”

In his remarks, Obasa lamented that in the past, politicians turned the youths into political thugs rather than engage them.

Obasa said: “If any politician wants to use you, tell such politician to bring his or her child. Do not allow yourself to be used.

“My advice to the youths is that you should show interest in politics because you are not too young to run.”

In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Alhaji Sulaimon Abou-Nolla,  who led the Eid Prayer, said that participation in the election was a civic duty for every adult citizen in a democratic government.

Abou-Nolla urged every Muslim to get his or her Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to participate in the forthcoming general elections.

He said: “You must ensure you vote at the elections. It is a duty, and vote for a righteous and just leader that will bring a positive change after the spread of corruption by the people.

“We must also embrace peace and love for one another rather than killing Life is sacred, do not kill for it is an unjust act.”