By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Director, Islamic Counseling Initiative of Nigeria (ICIN), Hajiya Fatima Suleiman has cautioned insecurity prone communities in Plateau state on the need to be peaceful during and after the forthcoming governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
Islamic Counseling Initiative of Nigeria in collaboration with Search for Common Ground SFCG National Democratic Institute NDI and USAID on Thursday held a one day advocy workshops for residents of Nassarawa, Bauchi road, Angwan Rogo, Rukuba, Dutse uku, and Rikkos communities of Jos north local government to be peaceful during and after the polls.
Hajiya Fatima Suleiman in an address at the event charged stakeholders to press on their followers not to engage in violence, hence the need for the awareness for free and fair elections this coming Saturday.
She call on youth group, to be obedient and law abiding, stressing that the future holds better promises, she advised them to shun thuggery of any sort.
Delivering an address, Director General, Plateau Peace Agency, Dr. Joseph Lengman said Plateau state government was making frantic efforts for peace to reign supreme across Plateau state.
Dr. Lengman said peace can only be achieved when all hands are on deck toward peaceful coexistence and developmental minds.
The peace Agency boss appealed to community leaders, religious and opinion leaders to preach peace always to their subjects. He urged participants of the workshops to spread the news of the lecture they acquired at the event.
He reiterated that Plateau Peace Agency is aimed at mitigating in all violence conflicts with no exceptions, stressing that the peace agency is non political, non tribal and religious in it dealings within the public.
Earlier, Head Voter education and publicity of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Plateau state, represented by a staff in the department Mrs Chinyere Okoye said the commission shall follow due process in conducting the elections; it therefore call on electorates to strictly adhere to guidelines for the electoral acts.
The INEC representative at the sensitization workshop also cautioned against vote buying and selling by citizens, according to her, such acts amount to mortgaging a better future by producing selfish political office holders to govern the people.
Others who spoke at the event, were heads of civil societies, including security agencis and commuity leaders; they all commended the initiative by ICIN for organizing the sensitization workshop, pointing out that it’s apt and timely.
The gathering had about a hundred participants in attendance, including secondary school students witnessed the proceedings.