Anambra election: 2Face Idibia compels youths to be agents of peace

Anambra election: 2Face Idibia compels youths to be agents of peace

Innocent Idibia, widely known as ‘2baba,’ Nigeria’s famed pop musician, has encouraged youngsters in Anambra to be peacemakers and avoid violence during the state’s governorship election on November 6.

Idibia made the appeal on Thursday in Awka during the Catch Them Young Community Initiative (CATYCOI)-led “Vote Not to Fight” campaign, which is being co-organized by the 2Face Idibia Foundation.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are both supporting the campaign (USAID).

“We are here to speak with Anambra youths and push for peace, particularly as we prepare for the election,” he added.
“Our youth are crucial stakeholders, which is why politicians exploit them to incite violence.” “I want you to know that violence has no benefit and just destroys lives and property.”

As young, we must support peace because without it, elections cannot be free, fair, and credible, and progress cannot occur.

“Let us remember that the election is not a battleground, but rather an opportunity for us to engage by voting intelligently for the candidate who can help ensure our future,” he added.

Idibia encouraged the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security services to carry out their jobs impartially.

He also asked voters to work with security forces to achieve a peaceful election on November 6.
Mr Ben Aga, Programme Director, NDI, also spoke, stating that the institute would always support programmes and initiatives that would ensure the efficacy of the country’s democratic process.

Aga stated that the NDI saw youth as assets and the future of the country, as well as essential partners in ensuring a peaceful election in the state.
Eworo Echeng, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, said the police was dedicated to guaranteeing citizens’ safety and security before, during, and after the election.

Echeng, represented by ACP Emma Ogbuanya, stated that they were working on intelligence collection with other security agencies, CSOs, community, and traditional leaders.

While urging the youth to embrace peace, he also asked the voters to vote on election days without fear of being attacked or harassed.

Mr Nonso Orakwe, Executive Director of CATYCOI, stated in his remarks that the involvement of youths in election-related violence had been particularly dynamic, as they had been both perpetrators and victims at the same time.

“Youths are easy recruiters for assaults and violence during elections due to deteriorating societal values and poverty.” “With this campaign, we hope to alter narratives and become peace ambassadors in our country,” Orakwe added.

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