Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai of Kaduna State has urged Nigerian youths to shun violence as the country cannot afford a repeat of the 1967 civil war which claimed almost two million lives.
El-Rufai also charged members of the National Youth Service Corps who would be participating in the 2023 general elections to avoid being used as conduit pipe to rig the elections.
The governor stated this at the closing ceremony of the orientation course organized for members of 2022 Batch B (Stream 2) NYSC corps members posted to the state on Tuesday.
El-Rufai, represented on occasion by the state acting Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, said the civil war was a needless savagery that the country could not afford a repeat.
“The youth must remember that the NYSC came into being after the civil war that tore every fabric of the Nigerian state. The war was a needless savagery that we cannot afford to repeat.
“Nigerian youths must therefore distance themselves from fanning the embers of violence and war in Nigeria. As a country, we must avoid a repeat of that dark part of our history. And Nigerian youths must refuse to be ready tools for war mongers.