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June 12: NYCN urges Nigerians to shun planned protests



June 12: NYCN urges Nigerians to shun planned protests

By Emmanuel Afonne

The Nigerian National Youth Council (NYCN) has urged young people and Nigerians in general to stay away from any protests scheduled for June 12, the day set aside for the celebration of democracy in Nigeria.

NYCN President Solomon Adodo made the appeal in a statement released in Abuja on Friday.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that some individuals and groups have indicated their intention to organize nationwide protests against the government on June 12, Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Rather than the planned protest, Adodo said Nigerians should take the opportunity to reflect on the state of the nation and engage in an intellectual discourse that could offer solutions to the challenges the country is currently facing.

Although he said the protest was the basic human rights of any aggrieved citizen, Adodo nonetheless stressed the need for Nigerians to take the opportunity to reflect on how to work together for the unity and progress of the country. .

“Considering the mood of the nation, it is safe to say that now is not the right time for such a protest.

“On the contrary, all stakeholders in the Nigerian project should take the occasion of Democracy Day to reflect on the road traveled so far and suggest ways to right the perceived mistakes.

“What the nation needs at this time is to rally with the government to overcome the daunting challenges.

“There is the time and the season for everything. Our country is threatened today by criminals posing as bandits, kidnappers, secessionists and outright terrorists.

“Some argue that some of these challenges were propelled by enemies of Nigeria.

“Others believe that certain unscrupulous elements, who seek to seize political power, are sponsoring criminals to destabilize the country.

“Yet others attribute the challenges to the inability to ensure good governance. Either way, we must first see ourselves as Nigerians and unite to meet any challenge that threatens the soul of our dear nation, ”Adodo said.

The NYCN president also regretted that those who chose to protest at every opportunity did not offer helpful advice that could remedy the issues they chose to protest against.

He added: “We are disturbed that some people, who constitute themselves as protest critics and merchants, have not offered advice on how to address the perceived wrongs.

“As patriots, we need to see ourselves as contributing to nation building rather than amplifying issues that give the nation a negative image. (NAA)


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