2019: Josiah Fearon tasks political parties, candidates on violence free election

Nasir El-Rufai and Josiah Idowu-Fearon

Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Archbishop Josiah Idowu Fearon, at a one day summit towards peaceful 2019 general elections in Kaduna state has called on all political parties and their candidates to be committed to ensuring a violence free elections.

Bishop Fearon who gave the charge in his address at the summit tagged “Towards Peaceful 2019 General Elections” told the participants that the history of elections to usher in various government in the country had been challenged by so many factors, such as provocative languages, negative profiling and occasional use of violence.

The submit was organized by the Kaduna State Peace Commission as part of measures tk ensure violent free elections come 2019 in Kaduna State.

Bishop Fearon observed that the 2015 general elections was relatively peaceful and violence free and the need to ensure same in 2019 cannot be overemphasized.

” I urge all to remain steadfast in pursuing the cause of peace irrespective of the level of opposition and /perceived provocation. Let the interest of peace, unity and brotherhood superceed all other consideration in our day to day activities and political campaigns.

” We urge the media to be most sensitive in her reportage and laying of campaign messages and information. We need to find substitute to the many words and phrases used in describing political campaigns like “yakin Neman zabe – friendlier words and phrases like ” Neman akincewar masu xabe; phrases like ‘yan adawa to others like ‘ yan wata jamiyya”.

Also in their paper presentations, Most Reverend Matthew Man’Oso Ndagoso, Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna and Professor Salihu Shehu, Dean, School of continuing Education Bayero University, Kano all harped on violence free elections and called on stakeholders to abide by the tenets of the election.

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