2023: Former Army Chief Of Staff Turns Peace Ambassador, Urges Youths To Shun Violence

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, General Tukur Buratai (retd), has urged Nigerian youths to shun violence, saying that violence will bring no good to the nation.

Amb. Tukur Burutai also advised youths not to allow politicians to use them as an instrument to cause trouble in the country before, during or after elections.

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In a message he entitled, “Dynamism in Politics and Nigeria’s Founding Fathers”, which he posted on social media, the former chief of staff encouraged youths to be proactive in the country’s political system.

Burutai charged the youths to identify the deficits in the nation’s democratic system towards proffering lasting solution to it.

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Hear him: “In countries emerging from or facing conflicts, young people can engage in peace-building by leading non-violent movements and using innovative solutions to mobilise societies to bring about the needed transformation.

“Young people have demonstrated the potential to build bridges across communities, working together to help manage conflict and promote peace. Young people play a big role in conflict and peace-building, and they can be agents of peaceful change and help rebuild lives and communities, making the world a better place.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has laid a foundation for a new Nigeria. Despite the myriad of challenges, he has kept faith in his vision and principles. The youths must carry these visions and principles beyond this administration.

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“The legacies must be protected for a greater Nigeria and formidable future generations. My message to young people today is that they must not let themselves be used as willing tools by do-or-die politicians who want to stir up trouble in their communities.

“Instead, you must embrace the tenets of political dynamism and root out every factor that contributes to the democracy deficit in Nigeria, namely voter apathy, ballot snatching, looting, arson, and the likes,” he said.

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