Council advocates peaceful elections in Kaduna

By Asma'u Halilu

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The Women Interfaith Council has advocated for peaceful governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Kaduna State and Nigeria in general.

The General Coordinator of the Council, Amina Kazaure said this during a press briefing in Kaduna.

Kazaure said, “it is with deep sense of concern and a sad tone that the briefing is being held. But as “Mothers of Culture of Peace, we are using this medium to strongly advocate for peace in our dear State due to the way and manner in which the politics of Kaduna State has turned into”.

She mentioned that, they have observed  pockets of tension in the political arena which no doubt is a serious threat, advising that, politics is not a do or die affair and should not be based on religious and ethnic lines.

Amina noted that the most important thing is the value of humanity and human lives, hence the call by the Council on Traditional leaders and stakeholders to embrace peace.

“Our respected religious and traditional leaders, stakeholders and all citizens of Kaduna State should wholeheartedly embrace the part of peace, most especially in the coming days when we shall be going to the polls to elect those who will pilot the affairs of this great State in the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections,” Amina stated.

The Council Coordinator further called on religious leaders to play the role in building peace and social cohesion, as they are at the core of the morals of the society which in turn determines the behaviours of the people they lead and their perception towards other religious ideologies.

“As Women of Faith Working Together as Mothers of a Culture of Peace; we are using this medium to join our voices with those of other concerned citizens by calling on every Nigerian to desist from acts that are capable of causing disunity particularly in Kaduna and the country at large,” she said.

Amina added that, when there is no peace in the land, women and children particularly bear the brunt of the untold hardships brought by violence.

Effective security
The Council called on government, security agencies and the masses to be at alert so as to ensure that no agitation by any group infringe on the rights of other citizens or degenerate into violence.

The Council further appealed to the security agents to enhance their apparatus and personnel for effective security of lives and property in the State and also provide a safe space for citizens to exercise their civic right.

They urged all political actors to adhere to the ideals of the “PEACE ACCORD” pre and post elections by having confidence in the electoral body and simply not allowing any person or group spur them into violent conflicts after result declaration by INEC.

 

Sammie Idika