Anambra poll: Traditional rulers warn youths against electoral violence, thuggery
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The traditional rulers in Anambra state have warned youths to shun any form of electoral violence and thuggery as November 6 gubernatorial election approaches.
The traditional ruler of Onitsha and Chairman Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Obi Alfred Achebe, made the call in Government House Awka, during the monthly Council Meeting.
Achebe, represented by the deputy chairman, Igwe Sunday Okafor, noted that it was pertinent that families educate their younger ones and youths on the need to shun violence, as well as to avoid being used as political thugs. He cautioned youths to realize that life is lived only once and should not be wasted.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, Igwe Pius Omachonu of Olumbanasaa, Igwe Conel Onebunne of Akwahedi and his Isseke counterpart, Igwe Emma Nnabuife, reminded youths that same politicians who used them as political thugs, send their children abroad to be educated in the best school, while using other peoples children as thugs.
They harped on the need to go out to exercise their franchise in peaceful and orderly manner and shun acts that could drag the name of their families and state to the mud.
In separate speeches, the traditional ruler of Enugwu Ukwu, Igwe Raph Ekpe, Igwe Christopher Okpala of Akwaeze, Igwe George Ekwealor of Umuoba Anam, Igwe Clifford Okeke of Nawfija and his Enugwu Umuoyia counterpart, Igwe Peter Ezeamama, urged youths to troop out en masse to vote-in the candidate of their choice rather than becoming instrument of violence, which, they say, does no one any good.
The royal fathers regretted that after assisting the politicians to achieve their aims, they brand such youths as thugs without making provision to engage them in productive ventures.
They also seized the opportunity to advise politicians, legislatures to make amendment to the laws and party structures to enhance the access of young people in political office. The traditional rulers further cautioned politicians to accept defeat as election is not a do or die affair.