The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) at a town hall meeting held in Kaduna with relevant stakeholders resolved that violence free elections in 2019 is achievable if all hands are on deck.
The one day town hall meeting on “benefits of violence free elections 2019 in Kaduna State” had participants drawn from Police, KASTLEA, Prisons Service, Customs, Airforce, Immigration, Military, CSOs, political parties, religious and traditional leaders among other relevant election stakeholders.
The town hall meeting was organised to bring together relevant stakeholders to sensitise them on the dangers and implications of electoral violence before, during and after the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
In his opening remarks, the Kaduna State Commandant of the NSCDC, Alhaji Modu Bunu who equally represented the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, harped on the need for all to work together not to only make the 2019 election free, fair and credible but also violence free.
Similarly, the resident representative of KAS in Nigeria, Dr Vladimir Kreck who was represented at the town hall meeting by the programme manager, Mr Samson Adeniran in his welcome address highlighted the benefits of having a violence free elections while outlining the ideals of the KAS which he said include democracy, rule of law and prosperity for all.
In his keynote presentation on the theme of the town hall meeting, Prof Chukwuma CCC Osakwe of the Department of History and War Studies, Centre for the Study of Leadership and Complex Operations, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) took an x-ray of history of conflicts and violence in Kaduna State and drew the conclusion that previous conflicts influenced the recent electoral violence in the state.
He noted that any future electoral violence will affect food security, personal security, investment, government income, education and general trust among different ethnic groups that have being living together in the state since before independence.
Key stakeholders which include Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama (the resident electoral commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Abdulrahman, Mr Usman Mohammed (chairman Board of Trustees, the Negotiators Peace Initiative, Kaduna), Grace Bahago from KASU all made various inputs on having a violence free elections in Kaduna.
The town hall meeting was declared open by the state governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai represented by the AIG Mohammed Abbas (rtd) who is the special adviser on security and coordinator of the state owned security outfit ‘Operation Yaki’.