Don’t plunge Nigeria into chaos, CSO tells aggrieved candidates
Civil Society Organisation, Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF), has urged Nigerians to avoid post-election violence, telling aggrieved parties to seek redress in court instead of plunging the country into chaos.
The organisation also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to provoke Nigerians by acts of sabotage as it concludes the supplementary and re-run elections for some states and constituencies.
Executive Director, AYGF, Dr. Arome Salifu, who spoke in Abuja during an aerobic session tagged: Mental and Physical Fitness For Development: Say No To Post Election Violence, said the call became necessary following series of protests that have engulfed some parts of the country following the declaration of governorship and states house of assembly results.
He said the organisation was using aerobics to draw the attention of Nigerians to embrace peace for national development.
“Today, we are using this aerobics to pass the message of peace to Nigerians that they should not engage in violence regardless of the outcome of the election.
“If they are aggrieved, they should seek legal redress and not take laws into their hands. We are also telling the INEC not to provoke Nigerians by acts of sabotage.
“Nigerians tried after the presidential election by maintaining peace and we urge them to sustain it after the governorship and state assembly elections.”
Speaking further, AYGF Legal Adviser, Ramat Haruna, said, the exercise was initiated to stabilise those traumatised by the outcome of the election.
“We are telling Nigerians that a physical and mentally fit person should not engage in violence because violence only begets violence and nobody wins at the end of it.
“Nigerians need to come together to make the country a more beautiful and a prosperous nation,” he said.