One Project Afrika ReachOut Foundation organised a peace walk across the state on a vote not fight team for Kaduna state.
The Team leader #VoteNotFight Campaign Kaduna, and also Executive Director One Project Afrika, Zigwai Ayuba who led the team Tuesday at Kaduna said the walk is towards peaceful 2019 general Election.
According to her, the aim of the walk is to enlighten the public on the need to “Vote not fight, election no be war.”
Addressing journalists at the Kaduna Police Command, she expressed optimism that police will do the needful in ensuring law and order during the election.
While urging the police to ensure that people, who engage in hate speech and incitement are brought to book, she urged the citizens to shun violence and avoid no selling and vote-buying. Noting,“With the support of the police we are optimistic that such would be achieved”.
She, however, asked the police to call all stakeholders to order for peaceful conduct of 2019 elections.
According to her, politicians should be looked up to as leaders and should ensure they do the needful while seeking for vote and base campaigns on issues, not things that would set people apart.
She said young people in Kaduna now are more enlightened compared to 2015 and they are now understanding that politicians are always ready to set them apart.
“In that regard, we are calling on young people from the 23 LGAs to take the messages down to the grassroots,” she said.
She said by taking the message that means everyone is carried on along, saying “that means our efforts is already yielding results.”
“We had few cases of campaign violence and slot have reduced coming from. 2015 experience and we are optimistic that going forward we would achieve much more in Nigeria and Kaduna state
She further urged media to ensure that fake news is not being circulated and the media should be able to counter any form of fake information with the right information.
In his response, Kaduna Police Commissioner, Ahmad Abdul-Rahaman commended the group for their commitment toward passing the message of peace to Kaduna citizens on the need for peaceful election process.
He advised Nigerian leaders to put their heads together to ensure Nigeria leaves together undisturbed during and after the elections.
According to him, the Police would continue to partner with the NGO to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2019 general election.
The CP further said: “The problems with us in Nigeria is not the citizen, is the leadership, once the leadership decide to do the right thing for better Nigeria, then we are all going to get it right.
“People, who want to take the mantle of leadership of the country are still behaving as if they are still in the process of learning.
“How could a politician be so naive sending young children to destroy common posters of opponent and billboards.
” There is a need to be cautious about the activities and engage in the right directions. Politicians should focus on campaign strictly on issue-based devoid of hate speech which is against the law.
“No one is above the law and the police would continue to provide level playing ground to sell manifestoes, not hate speech.