By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan
Nigerians have been urged to get their voters cards in order to vote out corrupt politicians in 2019 general elections.
The president, Muslim Right Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintolà in a statement issued on Wednesday reminded Nigerians that corruption had been the major barrier that stands between them and higher living standards.
He said although the present administration is tackling this social cankerworm headlong, some corrupt politicians occupying sensitive positions have been blocking its efforts.
“The only way to ease out these corrupt politicians is to become active participants in the electoral process.
“Nigerian youths must exercise their franchise and refuse to be used as thugs who will unleash violence on innocent Nigerians. We charge parents, particularly women, to counsel their children properly and to ensure that they are not hoodwinked by political charlatans.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently announced Saturday, February 16th 2019 as the date for the 2019 presidential election.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commended INEC for being proactive, saying that the announcement came early enough to alert all stakeholders to the need for early preparations.
MURIC also urged Nigerian youths to ensure that they get their voters’ cards early and be prepared to use it effectively at the polls.
“However, we believe that the earlier they get the cards, the better in order to avoid the rush usually associated with late registration. We advance the same advice to other Nigerians who, for one reason or another, have no voters’ cards.
“We note with deep concern that Nigerian youths who are most likely to feel the impact of bad governance more than any other segment in society are often lackadaisical about voting. Yet there is no other globally recognized way of changing a bad system or entrenching a good one besides going through the ballot box,” MURIC said