Shun religious, tribal politics, youth told
They should not fall into the trap of being incited to cause violence and chaos
The youth should rise above party and tribal politics and reject attempts to divide them along religious, party and ethnic lines, a youth leader has said.
Yussuf Sadiq spoke yesterday after being elected youth president in Garissa county.
USED AND ABANDONED
He said politicians use the youth to cause bloodshed during elections, then dump them.
“Don’t fall into the same trap this time,” Sadiq urged the youth.
“We want to guard against being used by politicians to cause chaos and unnecessary bloodshed, as has been witnessed in the past. We also want to appeal to the youth countrywide to come together and speak with one voice and advocate issue-based politics.”
Sadiq said tribalism is a “bad disease” that has no place in society.
“It’s a backward thing that should not be entertained,” he added.
The youth, who make up a huge vote bloc, should elect visionary leaders who will transform their lives, Sadiq said.
Most youth in Garissa find it difficult to acquire ID cards because of the cumbersome vetting process, he said, as he appealed to the political class to help push for less stringent measures for getting an identity card.
Sadiq urged politicians to preach peace during campaigns to defuse ethnic division.
TRIBALISM IS BACKWARD AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED, YOUTH LEADER SAYS