WAMBA (NASARAWA STATE) – The Nasarawa State Government, on Thursday, sensitised electorate in the state and other Nigerians on the need to shun violence before, during and after the general elections.
Mr Mohammed Egi, the Director of Culture and Tourism in the state’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, made the call when he addressed the electorate during the ministry’s Peace and Violence-Free Election Sensitisation and Enlightenment Campaign in Wamba Local Government Area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation campaign was organised in collaboration with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure peaceful polls in the state and the country at large.
Egi said that the sensitisation became imperative in order to ensure peaceful and violence-free
elections on March 28 and April 11.
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He added that “this sensitisation campaign with the theme `I pledged non-violence election, Nigeria First’’ was aimed at ensuring peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
“The campaign will also be conducted in local languages for the purpose of the rural dwellers.
“Apart from sensitising the electorate on violence free election, it is also aimed at ensuring full participation of citizens on the forthcoming election, eligible electorate should safeguard their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and stay where they registered to vote during the election.
“As we are all aware, no tribe, religion or country can experience speedy development without unity and peace, so, we must embrace peace, irrespective of our background because peace is priceless and non-negotiable.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“I want to call on registered voters and other Nigerians to unite, embrace peace and shun violent acts before, during and after the 2015 general elections in order to have a peaceful, free, fair and credible election.’’
The director called on Nigerians to continue to pray for successful and peaceful elections and urged eligible voters to remain calm in their respective polling units in order to cast their votes in a peaceful atmosphere.
He urged the people of the state and Nigerians at large to respect constituted authority and not to allow themselves to be used in fomenting trouble during, before and after the March 28 and April 11 elections in the interest of peace.
The director and his entourage paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Wamba, Alhaji Musa Nagogo, where the royal father advised Nigerians to shun all forms of violence in the interest of peace and national development.
The emir called on the people of the state and Nigerians at large to embrace peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation for the overall development of the country. (NAN)