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Nzuko Anambra USA’s clarion calls for peaceful and credible elections

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The influential Diaspora socio-cultural organization, Nzuko Anambra Massachusetts Inc., with headquarters in Boston, USA admonished government and good people of Nigeria to ensure peaceful and credible 2019 General Elections.

The President of Nzuko Anambra Massachusetts, Engr Emenike Anigbogu who made the call while interacting with me in Boston, when i visited the executives of the prestigious socio cultural organization in the state to present my new book titled ‘The Legacy of Atiku Abubakar on Nation-Building’ also cautioned political actors to accept outcome of the poll.

Engr. Emenike Anigbogu argued that “electing a new Nigerian president as well as members of the national and state legislatures must be done in a peaceful atmosphere and responsible manner. And Nigerians from all walks of life, especially our youths must eschew violence and resist all efforts by selfish and dubious politicians to rig the general elections.” It is the duty of the Federal government and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold peaceful, free, fair and credible elections. Equally, our citizens should go out and cast their votes during the general elections. Each PVC counts and all registered voters should be involved in choosing the next president”.

While expressing gratitude towards the international community and civil society organizations (CSO) for under taking the daunting task of monitoring the forth coming general elections, Anigbogu said the election observation missions (Foreign and domestic) are watchdogs that would help prevent rigging of elections.

It is our considered opinion that while they carry out this democratic assignment, it should be done in line with the legal framework to avoid partisanship and undue interference that could be inimical to the primary objective of ensuring free, fair and credible elections in the Africa’s largest democracy.

Other Chieftains of Nzuko Anambra, who congregated to receive me in Boston reemphasized the concerns that as the world is watching, Nigerians in Diaspora are also watching and urging all Nigerians in the homeland to maintain the peace and ensure the elections are conducted in credible, free and fair manner.

“Our electoral umpires must prove to other African nations that our democracy has come to stay; and will get better with each successive national election. And the Federal government should follow the footsteps or example set by former President Goodluck Jonathan, who organized the freest and fairest elections in the history of Nigerian democracy. Let the Federal government hold free and fair and credible elections for the benefits of all Nigerians today and tomorrow”, a chieftain Echikanmadu Okwesa counselled.

Some of them who were in the country to observe the elections from Massachusetts, USA and led by Chief Okey Chika also paid a courtesy call on me in Asaba when they arrived the country.

Chief Chika who was a former centre-forward-position player in Enugu Rangers team in the 1980s applauded Governor of Delta state, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, developmental drive.

He was particularly impressed with the state-of-the-art stadium with international standard built by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

While speaking on the 2019 elections, Chief Okey Chika cautioned that “All the personnel vested with the responsibility of conducting the 2019 general elections, including poll presiding officers, polling clerks, collating and returning officers as well as political party agents, and even INEC-approved credible election observers among others should be diligent, shun violence and ensure peace and civility are entrenched throughout the period of the elections”.

Rev. Chukwudi Eke, Asaba

Challenges Nigeria youths are facing

Nigeria, blessed with lots of mineral and human resources, arable land, among others, is failing to provide a conducive environment for its youths to thrive, especially by providing them with good jobs, while raising their standard of living.

It is widely believed that if youths are involved in the political affairs of the country, there will be rapid development. However, the country is not giving youths the opportunity to be part of its highest decision-making process, especially in politics. Youths who find themselves in politics today are those whose parents or guardians are already established political figures who then use their influence to elevate their children or wards.

Today, there are many talented youths who are still striving to survive but do not have the connection to make headway.

Another problem facing Nigerian youths is unemployment; securing employment after graduation from the tertiary institution is a major problem. Recently, statistics show that almost 75 per cent of those who are willing to work cannot get the jobs of their dream. They are then forced to embrace jobs they have no passion for and are not trained in. Others who fail to secure jobs find themselves in illegal acts like robbery, gambling, cyber crimes, among others.

Some even prefer wasting their time on social media day and night watching pornography or indulge in online fraud. These happen when they have nothing to occupy their precious time with. Sometimes, they are influenced by friends to embrace internet fraud, or even perform rituals to make money.

The internet has also made it was for young ladies to go into prostitution, as the connection with people of the opposite sex willing to pay money for sex is now so easy.

All these are happening because of the youth lack support from the government. The government needs to empower the youth by introducing youth empowerment programmes that will train and encourage them on how to survive by hard work and not illegal means.

Another way is to improve the educational system to ensure that there is a job for everyone graduating from tertiary institutions.

Emmanuel Oyeranmi, Lagos

Promoting alternative dispute resolution in Oyo state

Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

The Oyo State Government should be commended for establishing Mediation Centre since 2004 in order to provide alternative dispute resolution mechanism through a non-adversarial forum for settlement of disputes between parties who voluntarily submit their disputes to the mediation.

Mediation centre entertains virtually all disputes and it is usually flooded by complaints with disputes pertaining to landlord and tenant matters, employer and employee matters, family/inheritance matters, matrimonial matters, debtor/creditor matters, contractual/commercial transactions.

The establishment of this centre was borne out of the need to discourage dispute that can be resolved in a short time form being taken to court, where it takes time, suffers multiple adjournments and cost so much money.

It is important to note that the apparent advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism viz a viz the conventional means of litigation in the administration of justice cannot be overlooked. It is cheap, affordable, quick and provides confidentiality, justice without rancour and bitterness, which makes it more acceptable to people.

Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution in order to end the conflict and use to resolve disputes of any magnitude. Mediators used various techniques to open, improve, and dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming at helping the parties to reach an agreement that depends on the mediator’s skill and training.

Information gathered was that Oyo state mediation centre has received many complaints coverings all areas of life and able to resolve more than half of them. The case includes religious dispute, custody and maintenance of children, land dispute, breach of contract, debt recovery, partnership, estate etc, the legal officers of the ministry, who have been specially trained on the mediation and renders the services free to members of the public.

I will like to inform the general public about the speedy resolution nature of the Centre and urge all and sundry to see this center as a great opportunity for the disputant to find solutions to their own conflicts. Also to ensure acceptance of the outcome by both parties, in order to enhance sustainable peace.

The centre serves as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (ADR) by assisting the citizens of the State to find a quick amicable resolution of their disputes; bring access to justice nearer to the downtrodden and indigents within the state who cannot afford the high cost of litigation. The services provided at the centre are free; also promoting harmony and peaceful co-existence amongst citizens of the State; decongest the courts by providing enabling an environment for citizens to amicably settle their disputes.

Aminat Busari-Adeleke, Ibadan

Election: issues arising

I want to use this medium to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu who once said ‘I am determined to beat Jega’s record.’ It’s easier said than done but to achieve the above statement, he must be up and doing, vigilant, tolerant, stand for the truth and nothing but the truth.

I salute Professor Attahiru Jega during the process of announcing 2015 presidential election result between Dr Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari when a well planned arrangement to disrupt the announcement of the result was not allowed to thrive though an elder statesman wrongly alleged Professor Jega of been tribalistic, selective and partial which many Nigerians knew was not true.

I so much love the understanding, comportment, and uncommon maturity displayed by Professor Jega during the incident. Nigerians should look beyond 2019 election to elect credible, selfless, matured minded leaders in all levels.

Youths must shun violence and the politicians shouldn’t win election with peoples’ blood just as former President Goodluck Jonathan said that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

Perpetrators of any election crime must face the wrath of the law; politicians should know that Nigeria belongs to all of us and they must make sure this nation is not set ablaze for their interest.

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