Rise Up To Defend Our Democracy Go And Vote On Election Days , Abdusalam,Kukah Tells Nigerians

The National Peace Commitee has told Nigerians to dust the disappointment of the postponed general election and troop out en-masse to vote on Saturday

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), and Convener, Bishop Mathew Kukah.“We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledgling Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments. “Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the setback, but respond to the call to patriotism.

Do not relent, go out and fulfil your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy,” the statement read in part. The postponement of the election by a week has attracted widespread criticism. But the NPC believes the nation must show faith. “There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make.

“The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence,” the NPC said.As for INEC, the National Peace Committee challenged it to work toward reclaiming its integrity. To do that, the committee urged the electoral body to “patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination”“Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned,” it added..

National Peace Committee has asked Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to allow external forces influence its decision. The committee, which also noted that the postponement of the general election had affected every aspect of lives of the citizens, said the development had the potential to dampen the confidence of the people in the political process. National Peace Committee, in a statement by its chairman, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) and the convener, Bishop Matthew Kukah, noted that the postponement of the elections “has further deepened anxieties within the international community about our country.




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