2019 : Kaduna NGO Canvasses For Peaceful ,Drug and Violence Free Polls
By Mike Odeh James and Daniel Karl Marx
As Nigerians braces up to vote in the February 16 and March 2 polls , a Non-Governmental Organization,Life Challenge Intervention Outreach ( LCIO) on Saturday 3 February 2019 convened a one day seminar meant to sensitize youths, young men and women on the dangers of violence , drug use and voter’s apathy in the North in particular and Nigeria in general
The seminar which was held in Regview Hotel Television, Kaduna South also sought to warn the youths against being used as thugs, purveyors of violence and electoral fraud by politicians .
The event also featured participants from other groups like the Young African Leadership Initiative, (Yali) , Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiatives(Si4dev) .
In his welcoming address , the Convener and founder of LCIO , Mr.Ejike Mcbishop Egbueji , said there was the need to remind the youths to convert their energy into productive pursuit by promoting a violence free elections during the forthcoming poll and also to promote peace and harmony in Nigeria .
In Ejike Bishop’s word , the programme was organised to sensitize them on how to remain guided against being used as tools in the hands of politicians at this electioneering period to cause violence in the society.
On the vexed issue of drugs violence and crimes during elections ,
He posited that, LCIO has been focused on reaching out to young people and using all scientific methods to discouraged them from the use and abuse of drugs which he added that, it’s one of the things politicians make available in large quantities at every electioneering period to trap them”.
“We have discovered that there is a relationship between drugs and violence, when you are under the influence of drugs your decisions would be affected by making you to be irrational in terms of choice making particularly during election”.
“We are also creating massive awareness on drug use and abuse especially during this election period so that our society will not be impacted negatively
“At the end of the day we intend to achieve a situation where there would be a peaceful election with no trace or incidence of violence
He attributed the menace of drug use and abuse to poverty and unemployment which make the youths to be vulnerable to politicians who give them meagre amount to perpetrate evil”.
“We are getting support from the US government and that has helped us facilitate some of our programmes and out reaches which have started yielding results
“We have an empowerment programme in which after reaching out to them, we also empower and rehabilitate and alot of them have been recovering via our programmes, they have stop using drugs
“Some of them who have been responding positively,we try to engage them positively to become productive elements of their communities
“Alot of them are learning skills, some of them who have interest in going back to school we have been able to help them register for Waec or Neco and assisting them financially so that they can be able to go back to school
“One thing that is necessary after recovery is for them to properly reintegrate into the society “.
McBishop said life challenge intervention outreach is partnering other organisations such as the media, Yali, creative arts and writers association. interfaith mediation. drug free ambassadors, mental health facilities amongst other toward achieving the desired objectives.
One of the participant and a multimedia journalist , Daniel Karl Marx raised the stake higher when he urged the not to be tired of voting adding that their voters could tilt the balance
Mr.Karl Max then gave a rendition tiltled Power of One Vote :
Read Daniel Marx Rendition
In 1800 – Thomas Jefferson was elected President by one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the Electoral College.
In 1824 – Andrew Jackson won the presidential popular vote but lost by one vote in the House of Representatives to John Quincy Adams after an Electoral College dead-lock.
In 1845 – The U.S. Senate passed the convention annexing Texas by two votes (27/25).
In 1846 – President Polk’s request for a Declaration of War against Mexico passed by one vote.
In 1867 – The Alaska purchase was ratified in the Senate by two votes: 37-2, paving the way for future statehood.
In 1868 – President Andrew Johnson was Impeached but not convicted because the Senate was one vote shy of the necessary two thirds required.