By Nehemiah Yusuf:
A Southern Kaduna Senatorial hopeful, Barr. Sunday Marshall Katung on Friday called for concerted efforts toward mentoring the youth in order to secured the future of the region.
Speaking in his capacity as the Special Guest of Honour at a dinner organized in honour of Samuel Atung, SAN in Kaduna, the former member of the House of Representatives, said the future of the Southern Kaduna zone is dependent on how the elites takes the issue of mentoring the serious.
“We need to wake up especially the elders and begin to mentor our young ones to guarantee a secured future of Southern Kaduna.” He said.
He added “we fight over the most mundane things. I want to appeal to us from today henceforth to look out for each other irrespective of party, ethnicity or religion.
“Parties for instance are only platforms for contesting elections. Religion or ethnicity will not guarantee anyone salvation or paradise. Religion without human compassion is nothing
“That’s why I am dismayed when I meet young people these days and ask what they do for a living and the response is as shocking as it is disappointing “ Oh you don’t know ? I am a politician. For goodness sake how can politics be a profession ? Then I ask the same person Does it mean now that if the military takes over power you will become a military man or how will you feed your family ? That response to me is another word for mental laziness.
“To achieve this we must first jettison our Egos, ethnic cum religious cleavages and embrace all and sundry,” he added.
While appreciating SOKAPU for the good work they have embarked on so far, Katung said it is time to engage with the government if they are wiling with a view to find a lasting solution to the issues of insecurity in the state.
“I urge Govt to extend a hand of friendship to individuals and groups that can assist in bringing an end to this menace. Like they say two good heads are better than one. Govt may not necessarily have the solution to everything.
“Let’s build trust and confidence with one another after all we are not in any popularity contest rather we all need a United Kaduna state.”
Speaking on Samuel Atung, he said, “his compassion and passion for issues that concern Southern Kaduna cannot be quantified.
“Most of our discussions always delve into how we can make Southern Kaduna a better place.”