Nigerian youths have been urged by the leading Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, to resist the temptation to use their youth to wreak havoc on their nation.
The advice was given as the nation anxiously awaited today’s, Wednesday, decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
There is a lot of anxiety around the nation, and there are more rumours that if the verdict is contrary to some people’s expectations, there will be a demonstration.
President Bola Tinubu’s dismissal by the Tribunal is sought by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP). However, Tinubu’s supporters in the All Progressives Congress (APC) believe that his victory was deserving of affirmation and was earned.
Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the national president of the Ohanaeze Youth group, pleaded with the youths not to be duped by politicians in a statement that was made accessible to journalists on Tuesday.
According to Okwu, there are signs that politicians may “recruit youths as usual to protest the outcome of the judgement.”
“We, however, advise youths across the country to resist the temptation; it is only in times like this that politicians remember the youths. Once they get what they want, we are forgotten,” the statement read.
He emphasised that whatever the verdict, it was still up to the Supreme Court’s final decision and further reminded the adolescents that the Appeal Court was still a first instance.
News About Nigeria had earlier reported that the Tribunal struck out the petition brought by APM against the candidacy of Vice President Kashim Shettima.