Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad, seen as having the most capable military ~ ALI KAYA
Lagos - A local non-governmental organization has decried the spate of violence characterizing the run-up to the general election.
"We must remember that whoever wins the poll is a Nigerian and the country must remain one, indivisible entity whatever the outcome. The country belongs to all of us and we must thus uphold the national interest and ensure national peace before, during and after the elections," Stella Apiafi, National Coordinator of the I-Nigerian Initiative, said in Abuja.
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Her sentiments follow the inter-party tensions, particularly between the ruling People's Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, which is the biggest opposition movement seen as a major threat to President Goodluck Jonathan and his party's stranglehold on power.
There has also been an escalation of terror largely blamed on the Boko Haram sect.
More than 2 000 have reportedly been killed this year and scores more displaced.
Apiafi called for the public to support the military's operations to end terror.
"We must value the good job that the military is doing in fighting the tough battle," she said.