Veteran musician, Innocent Idibia aka 2Face, has advised youths in Kogi state not to engage in violence before, during and after the Nov. 21 governorship election.
He gave the advice on Thursday in Lokoja during the official launch of “Vote Not Fight; Election No Be War” Campaign.
The campaign was organised by 2Face Foundation, Youth Emancipation for the Society and the Centre for Human Rights and Conflicts Resolution.
Idibia urged the youths to see the forthcoming election as sport where one candidate must win and another would lose and urged them to cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship toward the poll.
“No politician is worth losing your blood for.
“Don’t be used as instrument of destruction; there should be no killing of people nor should there be destruction of property in any community,“ Idiba pleaded.
He appealed to prospective voters present at campaign rallies to carry the message to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
He explained that the Vote Not Fight; Election No Be War Campaign, launched in Nov. 2014, was instrumental to the peace that reigned after the conduct of the last general elections.
“The idea is to transform Nigerian youths into peacemakers and ambassadors in their communities for the promotion of a conflict-free environment during the electoral process,” he said.
Mr Machill Maxwell, an official of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) commended 2Face Foundation and other partners for initiating the campaign.
He noted that the campaign had helped to promote peaceful conduct of elections in the country.
“It is therefore imperative that Kogi youths should embrace the spirit of peaceful participation and promote a conflict-free environment during the governorship election and stand up against violence before, during and after the poll’’ he said.