SNF seeks decentralisation of INEC registration units in southern region
The Southern Nigeria Forum (SNF) rose from their meeting yesterday with an appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
to decentralize its registration points to the local governments, wards, units and communities in Southeast, South-South and South-West geo political zones.
The group observed with dismay the difficulties many residents in the affected zones are made to go through in an attempt to register, ranging from high transport fares to local government headquarters and epileptic working tools of the officials.
It said unless the commission moves speedily to address the lapses among others, many in the zone may not vote during the 2019 general elections.
In a statement released after the meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and signed by the Country administrator, Rev Okechukwu Christopher Obioha, the SNF also frowned at the continuous silence of the Federal Government over the Fulani Herdsmen killings.
It urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgent national importance, deal decisively
with the issue of the murderous killings, stressing that its continuous spread was dangerous for the country.
“The Southern Nigeria Forum (SNF) is of the strong opinion that, if President Muhammadu Buhari can afford to speedily arrange a court order empowering him to proscribe the harmless IPOB, we do not see the rational and justification, for leaving the immediate proscription and disarmament of the well known and world recognized Fulani herdsmen terrorist group that is backed by the Mayetti Allah Cattle Association,” they said.
They also asked the president to maintain some decorum especially when abroad, so that his speeches would not be subjected to various interpretations to the detriment of the state and citizens of the country.
The group asked the Federal Government to do everything possible to facilitate the immediate release of the only Christian girl Leah Shauibu still being held by her abductors.
It noted with shock and bewilderment the recent security breach at the National Assembly where hoodlums made away with the symbol of authority, Mace unchallenged, stressing that it was a rape to democracy and affront to the peaceful existence and unity of the country.
It urged government to arrest the culprits and make them face the law.