Don’t allow repeat of 2011 violence in 2015, North-East/North-Central stakeholders urge Nigerians

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MAKURDI – The Stakeholders Dialogue for North-East/North-Central, organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolutions (IPCR) has appealed to Nigerians to prevent a repeat of the 2011 post-election violence.

The -General of IPCR, Prof. Oshita Oshita, made the appeal in remarks at the Dialogue Wednesday in Makurdi.

He said “every Nigeria has a role to play in ensuring non-violence polls.’’

He regretted more than 800 Nigerians, including 11 NYSC members lost their lives to the 2011 post-election violence, adding the dialogue was to restrategise to prevent a recurrence in 2015.

He said “as the elections draw nearer, palpable fears about violence already exist, which may compromise the possibility of free, fair and credible elections.
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“This dialogue, therefore, should be an opportunity for stakeholders to commit to upholding the principles of democratic practice.

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“It is imperative for all, as stakeholders, to prevent violent conflicts before, during and after the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

“It is also to sensitise and increase public knowledge and awareness the dangers of election violence.’’

Alhaji Umaru Kurama, the District Head of Dukku in State, said the traditional institution had no choice of candidate as it would always support every government in power.

In remarks, the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Makurdi, Bishop Nathan Inyom, regretted the 2011 post-election violence had been a source of concern nationally and internationally.

Inyom, however, warned Nigerians to be wary of politicians who may want to use youths
to cause during the elections, stressing “we must always remember such politicians will never use their children for such acts.

“Nigerians must realise that politicians only use to ourselves for them to gain power while their families are abroad enjoying themselves.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dialogue was organised by IPCR in conjunction with the Democratic Governance for Development project of the UN Development Programme.

It was attended by representatives of political parties, road transport unions, and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, media and Civil Society Organisations from the States. (NAN)