The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) has called on the Nigerian Government to scale up efforts to arrest insecurity in the country as the general election approaches.
The Forum made the call in a communique jointly signed by Bishop Sunday Onuoha and Alhaji Kunle Sanni and issued at the end of its one-day meeting with the theme: 2019 Elections and National Security, the Role of Interfaith Communities
Government should beef up security especially in areas ravaged by conflict and ensure that no citizen is disenfranchised owing to prevailing security challenges
The Forum also urged the government to engage in massive sensitisation on peace as a means to eschew violence before, during and after the elections
It went further to advice political, religious and traditional leaders and all relevant stakeholders to be careful in their choice of words to avoid heating up the polity.
INEC should display their independence and be impartial in the conduct of the 2019 General Elections
The Forum also urged security agencies to be unbiased and remain neutral while discharging their duties during the forthcoming general election.
Relevant stakeholders such as religious bodies, civil society organisations, town unions, youth groups were also encouraged to play critical roles to douse the palpable tension and ensure hitch free elections
The Forum also called on politicians to see election as a platform to serve the people and not instigate violence in the process
It also charged the media to be inclusive and practice peace journalism in their reporting of all national issues and especially on the forthcoming general elections
The group also urged the various communities ravaged by conflict to embrace dialogue to resolve their differences rather than revenge and promoting circle of violence.
Lastly, it called on the government to give serious thought to the challenge of climate change and come up with a workable policy to address it and also do more to control the national borders to arrest the challenge of influx of illegal aliens.
The forum was formally inaugurated on 16th January 2017 as a national interfaith and intercultural dialogue platform through funding and facilitation of the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)), Vienna Austria. The IDPF has both the Sultan of Sokoto and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria are the Patrons of the IDFP
Source: Voice of Nigeria