Maintain peace across Nigeria at all costs
As the Presidential Elections in Nigeria gradually come to a close, the National Relationship and Integration Forum (NARIF) on Sunday 29th March applauded the efforts of most of the participants while citing the outliers that have staggered from the expected code of conduct. En-route to Dublin Ireland, Dr Prince Awuzie a consultant in Mental Health, spoke on behalf of the group. Interestingly he discussed the mental health challenges experienced by many politicians and the polity during the period, emphasizing that this should not be the case.
Dr Awuzie also reflected upon the timely message of President Barak Obama to Nigerians encouraging them to peacefully express their views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence. Noting that it was very important for due process to be adhered to especially where there were grievances. Dr Awuzie stated that "We the Nigerian Youth will never forgive any political actor that either supports or encourages violence of any shape or form putting at risk our NYSC members, or any other citizen".
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He also stated that "arguably, in the past such behaviour has gone unpunished; however we plan to demonstrate a zero tolerance on this occasion." He also stated that he was on his way to meet with like-minded Nigerian Professionals in Diaspora to activate already planned modalities for responding to any crisis situations that may arise. He commended especially Sultan Abubakar, who heads the pan-northern Muslim organization, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI for his renewed calls for peace during this process.
Likewise another key official of NARIF Mr Kama Gbemuotor who is also the chairperson of Professionals for Humanity an International Humanitarian Organisation asked all Nigerian to keep their swords sheathed in the interest of Peace and Unity. He agreed with President Goodluck Jonathan and General Buhari (Presidential aspirant) that "no drop of a Nigerian blood is necessary in pursuit of electoral victory. The Group reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement that the success of the polls is indeed the responsibility of all Nigerian actors which includes the electoral authorities, security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society and voters. The group has planned various Peace and Integration events for the Post-Election phase.
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