Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as Tuface, has pleaded with the youth in Anambra State to shun violence during the November 6 governorship poll.
There have been attacks and killings in Anambra, with fingers pointing to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The crackdown by security operatives on suspected members of the group has heightened the tension in the South-east.
The development in the state has prompted concerns for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders about the feasibility of the election taking place.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the music legend spoke in Awka at the ongoing ‘Vote Not Fight’ campaign.
At the event, the Afrobeat singer reiterated the place of the youth as “critical stakeholders” in polity and nation-building.
“We are here to dialogue with Anambra youths and campaign for peace, especially, as we prepare for election. Our youths are critical stakeholders; this is why politicians use them to cause violence,” the singer said.
“I want to tell you that violence has no gain but destroys lives and property.
“As youths, we need to promote peace, because without peace; the election cannot be free, fair and credible, and development too, cannot take place.
“Let us be aware that election is not war but a time for us to participate by voting wisely for the candidate that can help secure our future.”
Idibia urged INEC and the security agencies to discharge their duties without any form of bias.
He also charged the electorate to cooperate with the security agencies to ensure a violence-free election on November 6.
The campaign is organised by the Catch Them Young Community Initiative (CATYCOI), in collaboration with the 2Face Idibia Foundation.
It is supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).