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NCAC’s DG Calls For Peaceful 2019 Elections

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The director-general, National Council for Arts and Council (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for community spirit, peace and cultural values amongst Nigerians during the 2019  elections.

Runsewe made the call at a peace programme with the theme: “Building a culture of peace for the 2019 general elections” held at the council’s headquarters yesterday in Abuja.

He said: “No meaningful development can take place in an environment devoid of peace. The efforts of this administration in repositioning our dear country on the part of accelerated growth and development can only yield the desired result when there is peace and stability. This is why we must all give peace a chance and work together in rebuilding our nation and securing the future of our children.

“Many of the crises we are having today are as a result of the inability of some of our leaders to lift themselves from the morass of ethnic jingoism. They tend to polarise Nigeria along tribal and primordial cleavages. This opportunistic application of ethnicity often manifest in hate speech and inciting statements from some politicians who equate their personal interest with that of their ethnic group, appeal to ethnic sentiments as a campaign tool for winning elections. In the process, they fan the ambers of inter-ethnic and inter-religious discard and disaffection.

“As we move towards 2019 general elections, our leaders must note that Nigeria is one country ordained by God despite our differences in tribe and tongue. They must therefore avoid provocative utterances capable of heating up the polity and causing undue tension in the land.”

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the occasion and former minister of Information and chairman BOT IBB Golf Club, Major General Ibrahim Haruna (rtd.) stated that the purpose and necessity to advocate for peace in an election environment is to avoid violence as a means of settling disagreements arising out of the processes of the polls.

Similarly, the representative of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze applauded NCAC for a good job.


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