The Al-Mu’minaat Social Advocacy Project (SAP) has said election is a period to exercise franchise by voting, and not for violence
Its Coordinator, Mrs Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade, in a statement, said violence is an ill wind that blows no one any good
According to her, there can be no development and progress in an atmosphere of conflict and rancour.
Mrs Yusuf-Ajibade said: “Women and their children suffer the most when violence occurs. Their husbands are killed making them become widows. Their children are killed and they live the rest of their lives in perpetual sorrow.
“We call on Nigerians at this critical time in our history, to disregard calls by individuals, groups and even international collaborators to incite violence. Nigerians will be killed, maimed and left to suffer all the pains and backwardness that comes with such acts. Several Nations across the globe are very available to study how they got to war. International collaborators as well as country men and women who have homes outside the countries perpetuate evils and leave for their homes. Fighting and destruction will claim lives and make us refugees.”
She urged political gladiators and candidates to obey the peace accord they signed. “Elections isn’t war, and should not result in war. Candidates and their parties must ensure that the elections hold peacefully, credibly, and transparently. Party loyalists and electorate need to be safe and secure all through the electoral process,” she said.
SAP called on women to come out on elections days to vote the candidates of their choice, go home and await the results from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).