Campaign against electoral violence is gradually taking root in our system – NOA
By RABIU SANUSI Kano
TThe National Orientation Agency has described the just concluded general elections as a success despite the numerous challenges that surrounded the process.
The Director General of the Agency Dr Garba Abari said general election that conducted in recent time pass is part of success despite the many challenges around the process.
Dr Abari stated this on Tuesday during zonal town Hall meeting on 2023 General Elections With Traditional and Moral institutions where take place at Tahir guests palace in Nasarawa local government Kano.
The director general who ably represented by the Director Political , Civic, Ethics and Values Department NOA Mrs Adelaja Adeola said NOA had held several engagements with stakeholders since the preparation for the election began and even by now.
Mrs Adelaja said the first peace building outing in preparation for and conduct of the 2023 election was held in Kano just a week after the presidential election and before the gubernatorial election. We tried at that meeting to engage with the media.
The director political also stress the point that moderate reporting and conflict sensitive reporting will be helpful in building a peaceful and stable post-election Nigeria.
“We are returning to Kano this time around to complement and support the efforts of our civil society partners who have first-time experience after monitoring the 2023 polls.”
She further said the promotion of Peace and stability were some of the essential goals of NOA’s mandate, hence efforts would be emphasized in ensuring that the stated goals were being achieved.
“We in NOA firmly believe that the campaign against electoral violence is gradually taking root in our system. More than two months after the elections, we have not witnessed any serious conflict resulting from that election and the fact that almost all contenders have invested their hope in the courts of our land speaks loudly of the evolving culture of peace in our democratic system.”
“This is a citizen-led campaign that emphasizes non-violence, maturity, civility, patriotism, and tolerance. Our people have chosen to be civilized in their approach to democratic protests. We are indeed, a people of peace.
In His part the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano Ambassador Zango Abdu where Represented by his Public relation officer, A’A Maulud appreciated the efforts of political parties and other stakeholders in the state before, during, and after the elections, saying it was the reason behind the successful conduct of the elections in Kano.
In his remark the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero who represented by the Katukan Kano Alhaji Habibu Bello Dan Kadai said the town Hall meeting was come in a very timely,
Katukan Kano also urged both the political parties and the citizens to embrace peace for the well-being of the state and the country at large.
The meeting where attended by members of the Stakeholders,civil society and security agency among others.