Over 1000 youth used as thugs and for snatching of ballot boxes lost their lives during the 2011 general elections across the country, Peace Ambassador Agency said at the weekend.
Speaking during its 2015 Peace Summit in Abuja, President, Peace Agency, Ambassador Kingsley Amafibe, said statistics available to them shows that people who died during the 2011 elections were youth.
“We know that the youth are the future and growth of any nation, yet many of us are used as tools for violence,” Amafibe said while stressing the need for the youth to shun violence in the 2015 general elections.
The President of the Peace Agency said the programme was organized as part of effort to continue its peace education campaign and also offer training to institutions and distribute writing materials to the young youth in various schools.
“We are currently working with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), some other organization standing for peace in Africa and the Globe. We beseech the Nigeria youth, who make up the over 65 percent of the country’s population, to unite with the Peace Ambassador Agency, as we mark a turning point for peace that our country needs. We can’t afford to lose 1000 youth to election violence as it happened in 2011,” Amafibe said.