Abakaliki - The Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Chukwuma Nwazunku, on Monday urged the youth to shun thuggery and violence in the run up to the 2015 elections.
Nwazunku gave advice during a solidarity rally by no fewer than 5 000 youths under the aegis of Izzi Nnodo Youth Forum in Igbeagu, Izzi Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker also advised them to be worthy ambassadors of the state, especially during the elections by eschewing violence and rancour, no matter the level of provocation.
"I want to advise you to be good ambassadors of the state. Don't engage in activities that will disrepute the integrity of the forum.
"This is because you have a long way to go as future leaders. You must respect the elders in the society. This is very important.
“During the 2015 general elections, it is important that you maintain the peace. You must not fight, you should be diplomatic in your demands,’’ he said.
The National President of the forum, Maurice Mbam, called on political office holders to work assiduously to empower the youth in the state.
Mbam, however, warned the youth against involving themselves in social vices which are inimical to the progress and prosperity of the forum and the state at large.
According to him, Governor Martin Elechi had done well in various sectors of the state’s economy and deserved to be supported to achieve more in future aspirations.
The rally drew youths from three local government areas of Izzi, Abakaliki and Ebonyi.
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