West African Youths advised INEC
A press release by the Global Association of West African Youths(GLOWAY) /Association Mondiale de la Jeunesse Ouest African re-affirming our position on the political development across Africa issued in Praia, Cape verde on the 9th of January 2015 gentlemen of the press Ladies and gentlemen We salute AU's choice of Mugabe as the chairman of the organisation. we are optimistic that Mugabe's choice will turn things around in Africa positively.
it is pertinent that Africa must exploit its potentials to the fullest. While commending AU on the appointment of Mugabe, We are also admonishing all African leaders to emulate the diaspora policy of Kenya, the policy will engender foreign investment, keep tract of the Africans abroad and involve them in their respective country's development, this policy will further encourage diasporans to participate in the sociopolitical development of Africa Similarly, we admonish the AU chairman to improve on participatory democracy and guaranteed human right activities in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. we also condemn volatile utterances by known individuals that could jeopardise the co existence of Nigeria people if a particular candidate did not emerge as the winner in the forthcoming elections.
The facts that the Presidency have come out to disassociate themselves from that development is an indication that the president has an interest in the unity of Nigeria. For a peaceful co existance of the Nigerian people we are tasking all the political contenders to come out and take steps that will douse the mounting political tension in the people, Nigerian politicians should take into cognizance the facts that if any unfavorable situation should arise during and after the election they will be solely responsible and they must also remember that to whom much is given much is expected as it is imperative to remind them that those who must come to equity must come with clean hands.
They should also be conscious of the fact that needless killings is not a criteria to get to power,any leader that is sensitive to the plight of his people and mean well for the nation will not do anything to encourage anybody or groups to jeopardize the peace of the nation if he is truly a democrat or a nationalist. We challenge all the presidential candidates to publicly give their assurances to Nigerians that they will be ready to accept the outcome of the elections provided it is void of manipulations, that will confirm their commitment to the unity of Nigeria. in like manner, the decision of the Nigeria security agencies not to be involved in the February poll has further confirm the rumour that there are plans by some people in government to compromise Nigeria's democracy to the military in an event of opposition victory in the polls, it is still unclear why the government decided to launch it's anti insurgence campaign on the same day INEC informed them of it's readiness to conduct election. Gloway is calling on the military to distance themselves from any political involvement that can truncate Nigeria's nascent democracy.
While we applaud the the idea of joint military action against the insurgency, it is pathetic that such decision came up after thousands of people have been killed, injured and properties worth billions of Naira damaged. We urge INEC to collaborate with ECOWAS, AU, UN and EU to design a program that will provide alternative security arrangement in a situation where Nigeria security agents will not be on ground during elections. it remain to be seen how Nigerian security agents plan to put an end to the era of insurgence within six weeks, a feat they have not been able to achieve in three years, nevertheless Nigerians are optimistic and hopeful that something good and believable can still come out from Nigerian security agents.
It is important to point out to concerned agencies in the business of conducting elections that no matter the coloration, the electorates will not be comfortable with any unnecessary postponement of a scheduled election exercise. Thanks for your support Abdullahi Ibrahim Baruga Global President Global Association of West African Youths (Association Mondiale de la Jeunesse Ouest Africane)
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