Sports keep youths from ‘ter­ror­ist lure’

Saleh tells Wa­jir to in­vest in sta­di­ums, tracks, pitches and train­ing cen­tres

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

North­east­ern youth have been urged to shun ex­trem­ism and in­stead get in­volved in sports and peace-build­ing projects.

Re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Mo­hamud Saleh yes­ter­day said youth have be­come soft tar­gets for ex­trem­ist groups. He spoke in Wa­jir town dur­ing the fi­nals of a foot­ball tour­na­ment aimed at cre­at­ing aware­ness on rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion among youth.

The fi­nal was a cul­mi­na­tion of a month-long com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing lo­cal clubs in the Siyad tour­na­ment.

Saleh urged young peo­ple to re­main pa­tri­otic and en­gage in pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties such as sports, which can provideem­ploy­ment. He said his of­fice will part­ner with coun­ties to en­sure youth are not idle.

It was named af­ter its main spon­sor Wa­jir busi­ness­man Siyad Has­san.

Has­san urged the county gov­ern­ment to in­vest in sports fa­cil­i­ties such as sta­di­ums and train­ing cen­tres. “Sports is a pro­duc­tive way to keep youth from drug abuse, rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Wa­jir Gov­er­nor Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi said the Sports and Youth docket will be moved to his of­fice. A new tour­na­ment for all sub­coun­ties will start next week and over­seen by com­mu­ni­ca­tion direc­tor Yahya Dahiye.

Dur­ing the event themed No Rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, Yes To Peace, teams were awarded sport­ing gear. Haram­bee Stars head coach Stan­ley Okumbi, Tar­baj MP Mo­hamed Elmi, Wa­jir South’s Ab­dul­lahi Diriye and Nd­hiwa’s Au­gustino Neto were present.

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