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Politicians Must Stay Away From Northern Conflict

2010-04-27 20:08:20
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The President of the Dagbon Youth Association, Mr Ibrahim Tanko, has appealed to politicians to stay away from the northern conflict in order to give peace a chance. He also urged the youth in the area to be wary of people who would want to use them to foment trouble and be prepared to report such persons to the security agencies.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra, Mr Tanko said the strife in the north was giving a wrong perception about the people of the north as troublesome people who never understood anything.

“Although it is not the entire three northern regions that are engulfed in conflicts, the picture being painted is as if every northerner is violent by nature. It is our responsibility, as young people from the area, to behave and speak in such a manner that will erase this wrong perception,” he added.

He pointed out that some people were fanning the trouble in the area for their parochial, as well as political, interest, saying it was high time those people were brought to book.

He said without such a drastic move, those people would be emboldened to continue with their nefarious activities which had brought untold hardship to the already deprived people in the northern part of the country.

Mr Tanko said the north could not enjoy development and investments which were prerequisites for employment creation if the protracted chieftaincy disputes were not settled amicably.

He promised to support any youth of the area who would volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of people sending arms to the north.

He urged the youth of the area to always ponder over how they would secure a better future for themselves and their children and not follow people who would use them to cause confusion.

He appealed to women in the area to practise family planning to control the number of children they gave birth to, to ensure that they would be able to give the few children quality education.

Mr Tanko said if most of the youth in the area were educated or equipped with employable skills, their energies would be channelled into productive use.


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