Lagos- With less than 24 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged Nigerians to shun violence during the exercise.
The LCCI made the appeal in a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Remi Bello, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to it, “no economy can progress in the face of violence and social instability. Without peace no productive activity would take place in any economy”.
It said that the desired economic growth and enhanced standard of living made it imperative for Nigerians to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
It also said that electoral grievances and demand for justice should be done in accordance with the law.
The LCCI canvassed the need to nurture and deepen the nation’s democracy by ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.
It urged the organs of government saddled with the responsibility of managing the electoral process to discharge their onerous duty, to be counted on the right side of history.
“Specifically, we request the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the judiciary to be fair, equitable, impartial and independent in the discharge of their duties.
“They should be non-partisan and be clearly above board. The security agencies should ensure adequate protection of lives and property without intimidating the electorate and the citizenry.
“These are essential to inspire confidence in the electoral process.
“We urge them to put the interest of the country and the generality of the citizens above all other interests.
“We do not have any other country than Nigeria; hence we need to guard its existence, integrity and sustainability jealously,” it said. (NAN)