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JNI urges support on polls’ postponement


THE apex Islamic organisation in the North, Jama’atu Nasri Islam (JNI), Monday urged Nigerians to work in unity towards the conduct of the general elections in the country and also accept the shift of the polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in good faith.

  According to the Islamic body, though the shift of the election dates by INEC came as a surprise, Nigerians should put the past behind them and work towards the successful conduct of the elections.

  In a statement issued and signed by its Secretary-General, Dr. Abubakar Khalid Aliyu in Kaduna Monday, the Islamic body said that “the JNI under the leadership of its President-General, the Sultan of Sokoto and his lieutenants after listening to the shift in dates of the 2015 general elections by six weeks, as announced by INEC, is watching with keen interest the uproar the decision is currently generating in the country and therefore calls for restrain and caution by all political gladiators.”

  Aliyu said: “They should in the name of God not jeopardise the already tensed situation of grief and anxiety”, stressing that  “JNI reiterates that from the PVC distribution exercise and other preparations towards the elections, to the political rallies and campaigns at different levels, there always emerge issues and incidents that generate excitements, concerns and even anxieties admits grief.

  “Against the backdrop of these happenings, INEC had ab-initio assured Nigerians that arrangements for the 2015 general elections were steady and okay, but suddenly came a shift in dates.

  “Our concern most importantly is the security of lives and property and we do hope that as stated, the security chiefs will assist positively to that effect. Therefore, the JNI feels obliged to make this press release with a view to calling on not only Moslems but the entire citizens of our great country to demonstrate real and genuine sense of patriotism, responsibility, tolerance and commitment to peace and stability in the country, before, during and after the elections.”

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