2019: NGO urges INEC, security agencies to be neutral for free, fair and credible polls

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CEPEJ National coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade and other members of his organization walked through major roads in Warri for peaceful General election

*Organizes peace walk in Warri

The national coordinator center for peace and environmental justice.(CEPEJ Comrade Sheriff Mulade  has tasked Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to be professional and neutral in the discharge of their duties during the election. He also urged politicians to play the rules of the games by avoiding violence and inflammatory words.

CEPEJ National coordinator disclosed today after a peace walk in major roads in Warri and which ended at the Warri Police Area Commander’s office, where a paper was presented to police boss, Mr. Mohammed Shebba who was represented by CPS Tyozua Spencer.

CEPEJ National coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade addressing journalists the need for peaceful general election

 

 

According to Mulade, ‘‘The peace walk of today, the 11th of February, 2019, is necessitated by the very sensitive period we find ourselves in Nigeria, the period of election. In less than a week from today, Nigeria will hold the long awaited general elections that will usher in a new government.

‘‘From history, Nigeria elections remain some of the most volatile in the world. The Center for Peace and Environmental Justice is very concerned about the incessant deaths as a result of bickering, discrepancies and the unbridled desire by our politicians to win elections by all means. There is hardly any election in which Nigeria does not lose a crop of promising men and women due to electoral crises.

‘‘It therefore behoves on well-meaning Nigerians to do everything possible to fight against violence and bloodshed that characterized previous elections in the country. This is why we have taken it upon ourselves to sensitize the public as well as call on the Inspector General of Police, the military and all those charged with the responsibility to maintain peace in our land to ensure that no life is lost in this 2019 elections.’’ He said.

Warri Area Commander Mr. Mohammed Shebba, represented by CSP Tyozu Spencer received CEPEJ members at the Warri Area Commander office

He also called  on all political parties to ensure peace as elections are not a do-or-die affair. ‘‘Elections should not be taken to the extreme of losing lives and shedding the blood of any Nigerian who is higher and greater than the entire exercise’’ he advised. .

The Police boss expressed joy and encouraged the NGO to continue its good work. He urged others to emulate CEPEJ to do similar thing for peace in the society.

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