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W/African youths to hold ECOWAS responsible for outcome of 2015 polls

This was contained in a goodwill message by the president of the Global Association of West African Youths, Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim, at the 2014 end…

This was contained in a goodwill message by the president of the Global Association of West African Youths, Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim, at the 2014 end of year appraisal summit held in Nigeria, recently.
Speaking on behalf of the youths, Ibrahim tasked ECOWAS to “act beyond the capability of mere observers” by “scrutinising, evaluating and analysing the resolve of the respective leaders of the affected states for a level playing ground.”
The youths alleged that ECOWAS’ planned 40th anniversary celebration this was “a deliberate attempt to shift attention away from the contentious issues of election in its five member states.”
 Stressing that the 2015 election would be used as a yardstick for assessing ECOWAS’ commitment to the region, Ibrahim urged the governments of Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Togo to give necessary cooperation to their respective election commissions to guarantee electoral credibility.
The youths decried the act of politicians using them as political tools of violence and called on West African youths not to compromise their future.
“We must keep the wolf from the door to get nothing short of corruption-free generation. Our quest for unity, peace, and progress is not negotiable,” Ibrahim said.
He said over 200 youth organisations across West Africa have been mobilised by Gloway to register their willingness to sacrifice for democracy, describing the move as “a sign of significant progress made in the political level in the sub region.”

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