JOS – Maj.-Gen. David Enetie, the Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in Plateau, on Tuesday said the forthcoming general elections would be conducted peacefully.
Enetie, who is also the Chairman, Joint Security Committee (JSC) in the state, gave the assurance at a one-day sensitisation workshop on Collective Vigilance Ahead of 2015 General Elections organised for stakeholders by the committee.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the JSC is a conglomeration of all heads of security agencies in the state.
The commander said the general elections slated for March 28 and April 11 would be free, fair and credible, adding that that there would be no post-election violence.
“’The forthcoming general elections will be peaceful and there will not be any post election violence.
“We have no other country than Nigeria, so we must collectively as a people protect and preserve jealously what we have.
“Where ever you go, the onus is on you to preach peace. We must remain peaceful before, during and after elections,’’ Enetie charged participants at the forum.
He also urged politicians to desist from making inflammatory statements which could overheat the polity and possibly trigger violence.
According to him, the security agencies would not relent in ensuring every citizen operates within the ambit of the law.
Also speaking, the Director of the State Security Service, Mr A. A. Ajala, said the rationale behind the workshop was to create a platform to interact with various stakeholders who have direct link with the populace.
Ajala explained that with the pressure members of the Boko Haram sect were receiving from the military in the North East Zone of the country, there could be the possibility of some of them seeking abode in states like Plateau.
“We saw the need to partner with you leaders of various groups because we believe you have direct contact with the public on regular basis.
“We want to use you as point of contact to reach others especially on the need to remain calm during and after the polls and to report any suspicious movements and strange faces around your environments,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the workshop had in attendance representatives of religious groups, youths, markets associations, transporters, food vendors, hoteliers, hunters, butchers and the media. (NAN)