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CSOs WANT POLITICIANS TO SHUN VIOLENCE

22 January 2015

CSOs WANT POLITICIANS TO SHUN VIOLENCE

Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria has called on government to swiftly address the issue of disruption and insecurity in the country.

The call was made at a National Civil Society Consultative Meeting on Peace and Security organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), on Thursday, in Abuja.

The meeting provided a platform for CSOs, government Agencies and the security agents to consider ways of restoring peace and security to the country especial before, during and after the 14thFebruary 2015 election.

Appreciating the signing of accord by presidential candidates to ensure a peaceful 2015 election, the meeting demanded that anyone who breaches the electoral law should be sanctioned.

It further urged politicians to stop the use of hate and inflammatory speeches, noting that the value of such an accord is however not in the signing but in keeping to it.

Looking at issues fuelling crises in the society, the representative of the National Planning Commission, Senior Planning Officer, Mr Fidelis Chigbu who spoke on the prospects, challenges and impacts of the Peace Accord signed by presidential candidates, suggested the setting up of mechanism to educate the youths who are capable of being used as foot soldiers to carry out violence during the election.

He also suggested that traditional and religious leaders should sensitize their subjects on the need to shun violence and urged the SCOs to take down the sensitization to the grassroots in their own language.

Speaking on the Imperatives for Personal Security on the Field during Elections, the representative of NSCDC, the Head of Peace and Conflict, Gabriel Kubwa said the provision of scanners, bomb detectors, cameras and GSM lines will act as deterrence to someone who wants to do mischief.

Gabriel Kubwa urged security personnel to always ensure that they are men of integrity, and always be vigilant.

He advised Security agents and INEC officials to Show compassion to vulnerable and aged persons on queue during elections, and assist them to cast their votes.

In a good will message, the Peace Adviser, Action Aid, Mr Agbenro Adejuigbe advised the public to be vigilant and sensitive to their environments.

Agbenro Adejuigbe also advised that protective measures at personal levels be taken.

The meeting did not end without looking at some challenges that may arise on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Some of the issues are the possibility of the newly introduced card reader not being able to properly read people’s card and finger prints, and the ability to deliver the 15million PVCs left.

The meeting urged the INEC officials to ensure adequate preparation before the election date.

It concluded that only genuine practice of democracy and good governance can restore peace and security in the country.

 

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