The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced a nationwide campaign to educate the electorate against voting for candidates by inducement.
The group at a press conference in Lagos said it is worrisome that cases of vote buying were being celebrated even with its inherent consequences.
Director of programmes of the NHRC, Mr. Taiwo Adeleye in address to the media said, “We are particularly concerned about the new mode of corruption which comes with bribing the electorate with huge sums of money on the voting day. We think this represents the most dangerous form of threat since the independence of Nigeria in 1960.
It is the highest form of corruption that can becloud any country.
‘’This has been clearly demonstrated in the recent elections held in Ekiti and particularly in Osun state”, Adeleye said.
He said the fear is that the trend will dominate the 2019 general elections adding that if it happens Nigerians should prepare for the worst economic, cultural and political genocide they have ever seen.
He warned that bribing of the electorate is the worst form of bribery that can bedevil a country.
“We should remember that in 1999, Nigerians had a lot of hope after 27 years of brutal rape of the country’s economy during which her values were totally destroyed and the dignity of the country famished by one of the world’s atrocious military leaders”, he recalled.