Barely 48 hours to the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Nigeria, the Kaduna State Peace and Mediation Working Committee, has appealed to citizens to make sacrifices for peace during the forthcoming elections.
The committee noted that every citizen has just one vote and should cast that vote peacefully, lovingly, and prayerfully hoping for the best person to emerge.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday, the spokesman of the group, Nurudeen Dauda, called on all politicians, traditional rulers, parents, opinion and religious leaders to guard their conduct and utterances before-during and after the Saturday 18th March, 2023 gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in the state for peace to reign.
He added, “We call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address some grey areas pointed out in the presidential and national elections and urge it to remain an unbiased electoral umpire throughout the governorship and House of Assembly elections.”
The committee also called on the people of Kaduna to conduct themselves peacefully as witnessed in the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state, saying that there is life after every election, which should not make the electorate inherit enemies they will be ashamed to meet after the election in the school, workplace, market, and neighbourhoods.
The committee also commiserated with victims of the recent attacks in the Zango Kataf local government area and some other affected areas in the state and enjoined citizens and residents to learn to live in peace with one another.
The committee lamented that after the presidential elections, there were reports of attacks on some politicians, stressing that the committee condemned the attack on some governorship candidates in some parts of Kaduna State and every politically related violence.
“The state has also recorded a series of electoral violence among which was the 2011 Post-Election violence that happened to be the most deadly in the history of the state. The violence resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and properties worth millions of Naira. Since then, the citizens of the state continue to face every election with a level of apprehension which ought to be so,” he explained.