By Sunny A Ijomah
Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers has advised youths to shun electoral violence and thuggery as November sixth Governorship election approaches.
The traditional rulers gave the advice during their monthly council meeting, held at the Government House, Awka.
Speaking on the issue, the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe said as the Governorship election draws near, it is pertinent that families sensitize their members, especially the youths, on the need to shun violence and avoid being used as political thugs.
Igwe Achebe, represented by the Deputy Chairman of the Council, Igwe Sunday Okafor of Okpuno, cautioned youths against wasting their opportunities.
In their separate speeches, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu asked youths to realize that those politicians, who used them as political thugs, safely kept their children abroad.
He harped on the need for them to go out to exercise their franchise in peaceful and orderly manner and shun acts that are capable of dragging their families’ name and State to the mud.
Contributing, the traditional ruler of Atani, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy urged the youths to turn out en masse and vote for candidate of their choice rather than being instruments to execute violence and malpractices.
The Royal Father noted with sadness that after assisting inordinate politicians to achieve their aims, they brand such youths as thugs without making provision to engage them meaningfully.
The Monarch further cautioned politicians, who fail at the polls to accept defeat as election was not a do or die affair.