A Civil Society Organization, Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLEMDI), has tasked community leaders to educate their people on the need for a peaceful and participatory election.
The Executive Director of the Initiative, Mr. Habila Kayit, who gave the challenge during a Community Leaders Roundtable on participation and violence free 2023 elections held in Abuja, noted that the 2023 General Elections is an important activity for Nigeria.
Salama News reports that the round table discussion had the theme: “Towards a Participatory and Violence Free Election”.
Kayit said going forward, there was need to begin to center conversations around electoral education on the caliber of leaders to elect and how not to be manipulated or induced into making the wrong choices.
He noted with dismay that Nigeria lacks firm and committed leaders that would place the country at the highest development pedestal it deserves.
The GLEMDI executive director said people have the right to decide either to to allow themselves to be used to cause violence or not.
Kayit added that the Electoral Act, as amended, has boosted the confidence of many citizens to participate in 2023 election, because of the understanding that their votes would count.
Also speaking, Mr Marthins Abbas, co-Founder, Partnership for Issue-based Campaign in Nigeria, said the programme was aimed at drawing up new lessons from community actors.
Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians on issue-based campaigns especially those that affect them.