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The National Orientation Agency, NOA, have called on for a peaceful, violence free and credible elections ahead of the 2019 general election which starts on Saturday 16thFebruary with the presidential elections.

Director General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a press conference on peaceful and violence free 2019 elections in the country.

Abari said,” the agency has fully prepared Nigerians for the coming elections by sensitizing people through traditional, the clergy, Civil Societies Organizations, CSOs, and the media on the need for peaceful, violence free and credible elections.”

He further disclosed that the agency has embarked on enlightenment programmes in the 774 local government areas on peaceful and credible elections and also campaigned against vote buying and selling by Nigerians.

The NOA boss said already the masses have being enlightened on how to vote correctly and called on Nigerians to be law abiding irrespective of political persuasions, to tow the path of peace in the remaining days leading up to the elections as well as during and after the elections.

Meanwhile the agency has also warned politicians against making inciting and combustible statements like hate speeches, and fake news responsible for heating up the polity.

Abari said, “In the light of the very unsettling and highly combustible statements credited to politicians in recent weeks, I call on our politicians, across all divides, to desist from making utterances capable of inciting violence in an already charged polity.

“ I also wish to remind our politicians that they will certainly be held accountable for any acts of violence traceable to them, then whether they are in power or out of power; if not immediately, then ultimately. No one is above the law, therefore, politicians should be properly guided and do the right thing at all times.”

He decried the heated political atmosphere in the country, adding that what is worrisome is the last few months is the dimension of hate speech, fake news mud-slinging and scare mongering that has been introduced into our electioneering by political actors and their supporters.

He also called on Nigerian youths to shun any politician who attempts to incite them to violence and have nothing to do with them, adding that such politician is the enemy of their future, he noted.

“No politician will ever send his own child to engage in political violence because they know the destructive effects of violence on both the perpetrator and the victim.”

Our youths must also note that no politician who sponsors them for violence will pay them any true allegiance if he eventually wins the election and gets into office. You should therefore shun such persons who endanger you and the society and also shun drug and substance abuse which can predispose you to violence, Abari said.

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