Group cautions students against being used as thugs by politicians

By Suru Charles

Students spread across various tertiary institutions in Taraba state have been urged to desist from making themselves available as thugs in the hands of overzealous politicians.

The leadership of the State Youth Council, who gave the advice while reacting to the recent protests embarked upon by the Students of the State University, said “Our advice to students is for them not to allow themselves to be used as thugs in view of the present heightened political activities.”

The advice which came on Monday from the state chairman of the council, Hikon Atoshi, charged the youths to endeavour to arm themselves with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and come out en-mass to elect credible leaders in the forthcoming general elections.

Rather than using crude means to distort the existing peace in the State, he urged students to imbibe the culture of round table dialogue in pressing home their demands. Atoshi said that civility entails the use of various strategies to press home their demands.

He believes that some politicians who do not mean well for the State were behind the protests that crumbled business activities in Jalingo, the state capital, the leadership of the council called on such politicians to desist from diverting the attention of the people and focus on issue-based campaigns.

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“It is a truism that some politicians who do not mean well for people of the State have misgivings and misinterpretations about the protest than dwelling on issues that will bring peace and development.

“Youths and students are the hope of our great nation they need to thread with caution before embarking on shameful activities that will not augur well for them and their families.

“Tarabans must rise up to their responsibility by ensuring that they distance themselves from mischief makers bent on thwarting the many achievements of Governor Darius Ishaku.”

The council urged youths in Taraba will keep supporting the peace mantra of Governor Darius Ishaku.

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