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Women in Plateau State, cutting across tribal and religious affiliations, yesterday marched through major streets in Jos, canvassing peace in the upcoming polls.

In the protest, which ended in the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, the women begged Nigerians to embrace peace, because they do not want to be widows.

According to the protesters, election is not a do-or-die affair and should be devoid of violence because it is not war.

“It is among Nigerians. The rules of the game should be tenaciously upheld,” they said.

Speaking with journalists at the NUJ, the Coordinator of the Women Situation Room in Nigeria, Mrs. Nankwat John Gokwat, said in the event of electoral violence, it is they who would be at the receiving end.

According to her, it is the women who would suffer at the end of the day. After the election, it is also we who would suffer, adding we don’t want to lose our husbands or our children.

“We want a peaceful generation where our children will grow without any violence, and learn to love themselves and live in peace and harmony,” the women added.

She explained that the groups comprise Christians, Muslims and even those who do not believe in the two religions, adding that when a situation concerns women, they all come together as one indivisible entity.

Plateau State Chairman of NUJ council, Mr. Paul Jattau, who spoke on behalf of the journalists in the state, said the council would always support anything that would encourage peace and do anything to enhance peace in the state.

Jatau said even as journalists, the profession couldn’t be practiced in the atmosphere of violence, chaos and anarchy, adding that the council will support all that they were doing.

He urged the women to talk to their husbands and children to shun violence and eschew anything that will be inimical to peace before, during and after the elections, noing that as mothers of the room, they own everything.

Recalled that America predicted before the 2015 election that Nigeria would break but alas, nothing happened.

“We need to tell them that we will not break up as a country. We have come a long way and that as a country, we are people who love ourselves. No matter our religions, no matter whatever the thing is, we will always be strong together,” Jattau said.


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