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Elections: UMA Calls For Use Of PVC, Card Readers; Solicits Credible, Peaceful Polls In Nigeria

The University of Lagos Muslim Alumni, UMA, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and other stakeholders to ensure that the elections slated for coming months hold as re-scheduled in a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere.

In a release signed by UMA’s National President, Alhaji Akeeb Sola Oladokun, the group also urged all Nigerians, especially youths to shun violence and not allow themselves to be used as agents of blood-letting during the 2015 general elections.

The group described as unfortunate, the pockets of clashes which the country had witnessed in recent times that resulted in loss of lives and property noting that the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, calls for a serious caution.

The group also warned against likely postponement of the March 28 and April 11 polls in order to avoid any uprising.

As the fear of a possible outbreak of violence in the coming election continues to grip Nigerians, UMA enjoined the Federal Government to give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the free hand to conduct free and credible elections with the use of the permanent voter’s card (PVC) and card readers.

The body which is optimistic of a successful and peaceful election admonished Nigerians not to panic as God has already taken absolute control of the situation, assuring Nigerians of God’s intervention in the election.

UMA condemned inflammatory and divisive comments by some politicians urging them to focus their campaign on developmental issues.

The group also cautioned the political class to desist from unpatriotic comments and unnecessary court cases that could truncate our nascent democracy.

UMA urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country.

“We are aware of the recent security challenges occasioned by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, particularly in the North-East of the country and want the government and Nigerians to be mindful of the dire implications of instability in Nigeria on Nigerians, Africa and rest of the world.

“We therefore call on all political parties to avoid inciting and acrimonious campaigns, and focus on issues affecting the welfare of Nigerians,” the group said.

UMA thereby urged all parties to gracefully accept the outcome of the elections in the interest of unity, peace, and development of the country and the region.

The group also called on the international community to massively support all initiatives that will lead to free and peaceful elections through the use of PVCs and card readers.

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