Ibadan - Prof. Isaac Albert, Senior
Lecturer at the University of Ibadan, has advised the electorate not to accept
any offer from corrupt politicians bent on manipulating the election process.
Albert, who lectures in the Department of Institute of
African Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, said this in Ibadan on Monday
during the 3rd annual zonal symposium organised by the Muslim Students’ Society
of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B.
The theme of the program was "ensuring security in an
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He said that election had to do with the future and the
collective responsibility of Nigerians to make it a success by voting for a
candidate that would yield to the yearning of the masses.
"Not money or any materials offered you by the politicians
should determine what you do or who you vote for.
"Agents of electoral insecurity mortgage the future of the
youth and they should not allow themselves to become accessories to election
"The youth are the backbone of development and they own
tomorrow and must protect it by ensuring peaceful elections in their
communities," Albert said.
He said development could only be achieved when there was
peace before, during and after elections in the country.
Prof. Abdulrazaq Kilani, Chief Imam of the University of
Port Harcourt, who spoke on the role of the MSSN in an election year, advised
Muslim students not to mix politics with religion.
Kilani said that the Muslims had a role to play in ensuring
security in the country not only during election year but at all times.
"Nigeria is our country and it belongs to all of us whether
as Muslims or Christians; no one can or should be allowed to use politics of
religion to cow anyone to become second citizen.
"We all should be a stakeholder in ensuring peace in
Nigeria," Kilani said.
Kilani urged Nigerians to always give relevant information
to security officials, to assist them in detecting crime before it escalated.
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Nasir
Ayilara, said that electoral violence, as a negative tendency in the electoral
process, had been a great obstacle towards democratic consolidation.
Ayilara, represented by Mr Najeem Adedokun, said that
security in an election year required a collaborative approach to achieve the
best in the management of election in Nigeria.
He said that the commission was poised to improve on the
2011 general elections through effective planning in the area of logistic and
security for a better achievement in 2015.
The National President of MSSN, Malam AbdulAzeez Folayemi,
said it was established over 60 years ago to unite all Muslim students for
fostering Islamic norms and values.
Folayemi said that the organisation had assisted in righting
the wrongs through series of training of its members to uphold the teachings of
the Qu'ran and the practice of the prophet.