Ethnic nationalities in Nigeria numbering over 400 have called on the Federal Government and security agencies to ensure that the presidential election scheduled for February 25 was credible, fair, credible and transparent.
They also called on the youths in the country to eschew violence and shun all manners of electoral malpractices deployed by politicians masquerading as statesmen to rig the elections.
The nationalities under the aegis of Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council also said they had resolved to engage the leading presidential candidates on their respective youth development agenda.
The President-General of NENYLC, Terry Obeih, spoke on behalf of the organisation during a press conference in Abuja attended by Okwu Nnabuike (Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide), Balarabe Rufa’i (Coalition of Northern Groups), Oladotun Hassan (Omoluabi), Emmanuel Zopma (Middle Belt Youth Forum), amongst others.
He said, “Being the apex coalition body of over 407 ethnic groups in Nigeria, we are extremely concerned about the preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair and credible elections as we move in closely to the general elections