by Damilola Jagun
The State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps in Osun State, Abada Okpiroro, has enjoined Nigerians not to harass or intimidate corps members deployed for national assignment during next month’s polls.
Okpiroro made the statement in Osogbo on Wednesday, January 28, at stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of the general elections.
He said: “They are your children. Some of them speak your language, some don’t speak but they are your children. Something must be wrong with anybody who embarks on a project that will lead to killing of his own children.”
“If any corps member misbehaves, report them, we have the machinery to correct them but don’t harass them and don’t intimidate them.”
Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, pledged that the commission was ready to conduct a free, fair and credible election which would be far better than the 2011 elections.
Furthermore, Ogunmola implored politicians against desperation and election-violence, stating that as the giants of Africa, Nigeria needs to lead by example.
He said: “Elections are not supposed to be do or die affair. Many West African countries conduct their elections with no violence. Do away with thugs and intimidation, we will ensure a break from the inglorious past. We are the giants of Africa and we need to show this in every aspect of our lives.”