ZARIA (KADUNA STATE) – An NGO in Kaduna State, “Hattara,” on Thursday, commenced a two-day training workshop in Zaria to promote peaceful conduct of the February general elections in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants were drawn from Muslim and Christian groups in the state.
One of the organisers, Malam Muhammad Jamilu-Albani, said that the exercise was imperative to promote peace and national unity.
“This workshop is designed to sensitise the youth and religious organisations, irrespective of sect, on their contribution toward hitch-free elections in Nigeria.
“Remember, election is around the corner and there is the need for proper enlightenment to facilitate the emergence of credible candidates regardless of party affiliation.
“We are not politicians; we don’t belong to any political party.
“However, we feel we have a role to play toward promoting peace and encourage people to be their brother’s keepers and fostering national unity among Nigerians,” he said.
Jamilu-Albani added that the workshop also sought to encourage people to be steadfast in prayers in their homes and places of worship for the country to remain peaceful and united.
“It is also the hope of the organisers of the workshop that peace and unity of Nigeria should continue even after the 2015 general elections.”
Malam Nasir Yusuf-Khidir, one of the facilitators, who also spoke with NAN said participants would be sensitised on their responsibility to elect leaders based on credibility not party affiliation.
“We are not here to canvass support or vote for any political party, but to guide and encourage people to go for credibility at all levels.”
He called on people to come out en mass and collect their Permanent Voter Cards, reminding them that the card remained the only tool for them to use in electing credible leaders for the country. (NAN)