Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan waves to supporters during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicen ~ TUNJI OMIRIN
Abuja - A pro-democracy organisation has condemned the violence characterising the run-up to next month's general elections.
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) raised concern certain elements threatened millions of Nigeria with war and bloodshed if results did not go their way.
“We condemn all attempts by politicians to incite Nigerians against one another. TMG stands for the unity and prosperity of Nigeria," said the group in a statement signed by its chairman, Zikirullahi Ibrahim.
He said the group would work assiduously for the achievement of the democratic aspirations of all Nigerians.
TMG's views on the problem of violence in the political terrain were in tandem with those recently expressed by the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, he said.
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Kerry, in a recent visit to Nigeria, sent a strong message to the politicians to desist from acts capable of instigating violence or face consequences.
TMG called on the government and the security agencies to rein in all those who had openly threatened bloodshed should the results of the elections not go their way.
"We note with concern that the instigators of violence and all kinds of threats against the State should their wishes not be fulfilled, are getting bolder by the day,” Ibrahim's statement read.
The group said apparent lack of deterrence from law enforcement agents was emboldening such threats.
“While we remain resolute in insisting that the Nigerian people will never be cowed by threats and the extremist posturing of the poster boys of retrogressive politics, we do not take these threats likely."
"We therefore call on the authorities to proactively investigate these and ensure that those who are pushing the polity to the brink through their intemperate rhetoric are made to account.”