February 4, 2023

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Don’t lead Nigeria into genocide, ACF warns politicians


The Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) has urged political leaders to protect their utterances..

Whereas warning in opposition to hate speech, the physique famous that if not checked, it may result in violence, even genocide within the nation. 

In an announcement Sunday, ACF Secretary Basic Murtala Aliyu lamented the alarming fee of pressure and lawlessness as campaigns construct up, saying “they may unfold terror and worry throughout the nation if unchecked. He nonetheless referred to as on leaders in any respect ranges to train restraint of their utterances to allow us have a peaceable election and transition to the following authorities.”

“Though Nigeria is already dealing with extreme life threatening challenges arising from lack  of safety  and  the  rising  financial  crises,  it  would  appear that there  are  many  determined  political  leaders  and  different  self -appointed group  champions  that  will  not  hesitate  to  add  extra  gasoline  to  the  hearth.

“Shamefully, most are pushed by blind ambition or plain hatred. Nobody can fail  to note  the  alarming  rise  of  pressure  and  lawlessness  because the  election  campaigns  and  contests  collect  tempo.  There are studies that some politicians are partaking thugs and violent  individuals  to  assault  their opponents, spreading terror and worry  in every single place. Of a lot better concern is the  resort to hate speech,  insults and threats of violence being  issued by the political leaders together with by state governors.  

“They appear to be pathetically unaware  that  the  distance between  hate  speeches  and  violence,  even  genocide,  is  a  very  brief  one. Hate speech, for no matter purpose,  covers  many  types  of  expression  however all incite,  promote  or  justify  hatred,  violence  and  discrimination  in opposition to  a person  or  group  of  individuals.  It  poses  grave  hazard  to  the  unity  and stability  of  a  democratic  society,  safety  of  human  rights  and  the  rule  of legislation.  Unchecked,  it  can  lead  to  acts  of  violence  and  battle  on  a  grand scale.

“We had been relieved to listen to of Governor Samuel  Ortom’s apology  following  his  outburst  in  this  regard.  The  Governor’s  hostile feedback  on  Atiku  Abubakar,  the  presidential  candidate  of  the  PDP, dominated  dialogue  in  the  nation  for  a lot  of  final  week. The  Electoral  Act  as  amended  and  for  good  causes,  prescribed  heavy punishment  for  infractions such  as  this. The truth that  hate  speeches  and acts  of  violence  and  aggression  are  rife  in  this  marketing campaign  season  can  solely imply  that  the  legal guidelines  are  not  being  enforced.  

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“This  hasn’t  come  as  a  shock contemplating  the  truth  that  the  Nationwide  Meeting  has  so  far  chosen  not  to enact  the  legislation  that  will see to the  delivery of  the Electoral  Offences Tribunal.  

“INEC  has  a  accountability  to  act  and  implement  the  Electoral Act  as  amended. It  ought to  impose  the  harshest  punishment  doable  on politicians  who  assume  attaining  their  private  ambitions  is  extra  essential than  nationwide  peace  and  concord.  Such  individuals  are  unfit  for  any  type  of management  at  no matter  degree.”

Tinubu on INEC assertion

In the meantime, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju  Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has accused  two main opposition events of masterminding the pretend press assertion credited to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) in opposition to him.

Tinubu mentioned the cast assertion purportedly issued by INEC was disseminated to deceive the gullible public that INEC was investigating allegations of drug trafficking in the USA of America (USA) in opposition to him that, they desperately hoped, will finally result in his disqualification from the presidential race.

INEC had issued a counter assertion denying an earlier one which went viral on the weekend.

However reacting to the event via an announcement signed Sunday in Abuja by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu referred to as on the police to analyze the circulation of the cast INEC assertion and serve justice to these accountable.

The assertion  mentioned the 2 prime events “having realised they haven’t any positive path to victory within the February 2023 presidential election upped their marketing campaign of calumny, disinformation and misinformation on Saturday by sponsoring pretend information in opposition to the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

“They did it by forging the letterhead of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee and the signature of its nationwide commissioner, Festus Okoye.

“We aren’t in any means shocked by the antics of the sinking opposition events. What we discovered stunning was how rapidly some compromised media organisations gulped the falsehood, hook, line and sinker, with out trying to confirm.

“We perceive why they did so: the forgery and its narrative match their mindset of throwing overboard each identified advantage of moral journalism and professionalism, as they work in cahoots with the opposition to defame Asiwaju Tinubu. 

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“This inglorious path has been taken earlier than since 2003 and within the run-up to the primaries of the ruling APC that produced Asiwaju Tinubu because the presidential torch bearer. Those that took this damned path of infamy misplaced their guess as a result of Asiwaju Tinubu stands rock strong and indestructible. 

“Our candidate has persistently mentioned he’ll make this marketing campaign about points that have an effect on the lives of Nigerians and how one can proffer workable and enduring options that may enhance high quality of lifetime of our people who find themselves on the lookout for leaders in any respect ranges to enhance their lives and sow the seeds of prosperity in our nation. 

“He has demonstrated this resolve by publishing an 80-page manifesto tagged Motion Plan for a Higher Nigeria, which he has been promoting to strategic sectoral teams within the nation.

“We had hoped anybody aspiring to steer our nation presently might be a pure subscriber to this noble and better aim. 

“It’s clear the opposition events and purveyors o3to make this election cycle extra about muckraking and mudslinging.”

Whereas warning these he referred to as brokers of disinformation, the assertion mentioned: “That our marketing campaign organisation stands able to confront and battle all libelous and defamatory publications in opposition to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

“We will now not enable the prevailing recklessness and utter disregard for skilled judgment to proceed unchallenged. 

“We additionally name on the police to analyze the circulation of the cast INEC assertion and serve justice to these accountable.”

 Okechukwu on PDP disaster

In a associated growth, Director-Basic of Voice of Nigeria Osita Okechukwu has mentioned that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s transfer to reconcile with Governor Nyesom Wike’s group within the Peoples Democratic Celebration is belated.

Okechukwu mentioned this when he responded to an announcement by Atiku that the ruling APC was a contraption of Bola Tinubu’s get together, Motion Congress of Nigeria, and  President Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change.

He claimed the ‘contraption’ would collapse after its defeat within the 2023 normal election.

In an announcement in Abuja titled, “Atiku’s try and reconcile with Wike-G-5 -Masquerade is belated by headwinds”, the APC chieftain described Atiku’s assertion as hallucination and medication after demise.

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Replying the previous VP on his declare that the APC would lose, he mentioned:  “Is it not an specific lack of reminiscence for His Excellency who was a member of the brand new PDP that joined within the formation of the APC, to try to rewrite historical past in pursuit of his presidential ambition?”

Okechukwu mentioned it might be unfair and unpatriotic to the southern a part of the nation for any northerner to consider presiding over the nation after the tenure of Buhari, a fellow northerner, in Might 2023.

“This is likely one of the main headwinds which are blocking his puerile reconciliation with Wike-G-5-Masquerade. Atiku is a foremost beneficiary of the rotation conference in 2018, throughout the PDP’s presidential main in Port Harcourt, which Wike hosted. It’s trite legislation that he who involves fairness will include clear fingers,” he mentioned.

On PDP disaster, he mentioned: “How can he wage a proxy political warfare in opposition to the Bauchi governor? Information filtered that Atiku questioned his temerity to not step down like Governor Aminu Tambuwal. This is likely one of the headwinds which can make reconciliation unattainable.

“Thus the motion of the Wike-G-5-Masquerade northwards is afloat, clearly sounding the demise knell for Atiku’s ambition.

“Methinks Wike-G-5-Masquerade, which is frantically chasing Atiku due to his infidelity to the south and the PDP structure, which is the breach of energy rotation between north and south; is driving him right into a state of delusion. For the opposite day, in Arewa Summit, he admonished the north to not vote for Yoruba or Igbo, an unpresidential goof and, within the current occasion, distorting the genesis and capability of the APC.”

“Satirically, while Atiku is de-marketing the APC as if he has no baggage, the Wike-G-5’s masquerade is extending its fangs northwards the unintended consequence is certainly erosion of Atiku’s victory.

“If Atiku can not unite his get together, curb Peter Obi’s widespread erosion of PDP’s help base nationwide and design how one can choose the remaining votes from Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s dominance in Kano, how can he win?” the get together chieftain additional added.