Religious leaders, SDDC call for non-violent 2019 Gubernatorial elections
About 120 religious leaders across the country under the platform, Interfaith Observers Network through the Strength In Diversity Development Center, SDDC, Nigeria have called for a non-violent Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.
This was part of the resolutions agreed upon after a recent interfaith conference in Lagos to discuss ways to ensure the elections are as peaceful, free and fair as possible.
Led by Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu (Convener), other leaders like Bishop Emma Gospel Isong (Co-convener), HRH Sarkin Muhammad Bambado (Sarkin Fulani of Lagos State), Imam Abdulazeez Onike, Apostle Ojei Uloma,, Bishop Matthew Daniels, Sheikh Abdurahman Ahmad, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, Bishop Adekoya Wale, Ojo Owolabi, Pastor Gabriel Oshoma, Sheikh Abdurahman Sulaiman Adangba, amongst others, equally called for special prayers for the success of the elections
Ahead of the elections, an awareness rally on a non-violent 2019 election has also been held by religious stakeholders across the country.
On hate speech, the leaders identified this development as one of the biggest ills of the modern Nigerian society, especially in an election season when tensions are high. It was resolved that Nigerians must be well-educated on its destructive effect and to desist from hate speech and other conducts that could lead to violence during and after the elections.
Similarly, they admonished Nigerians to shun vote-buying.