No fewer than 50 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have urged Nigerians not to fall into the trap of sentiments set up by desperate and greedy politicians to serve their personal interests.
The concerned organizations, led by Citizens For Development And Education (CDE), Center For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), and Nigerian Peace Advocates, called on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing newsmen on the nation’s state.
Condemning the plans in some quarters to foist an interim national government on Nigeria as disclosed by the Department of State Security (DSS), the Executive Director of CDE, Amb. Ibrahim Waiya and the Executive Director of CEPEJ, Comrade Mulade Sheriff, warned that such a move might not augur well for the country.
They appealed to the media to promote national security by ensuring they do not disseminate any information capable of worsening the insecurity in the nation or leading the country to the path towards the “Rwanda experience.”
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They said: “Although it is natural for people to have their own expectations in a particular election, that should not be a reason to take away our sense of maturity, reasoning, and judgment to think of what is right or wrong, especially at more significant perspectives where the lives of many innocent citizens may be at stake.
“Our increased concerns centre on the continuous promotion of incitement and an uncomplimentary statement from the quarters of the aggrieved politicians and other enemies of our country who have also systematically taken cover under the pretext of the conduct of elections to cause chaos and disharmony amongst the Nigerian citizens.
“This situation calls for concerted efforts to contain the boiling anger of some Nigerians, whose expectations turned out to be negative.
“The negativity on trial needs nothing less than holistic healing of the wound and reconciliation to salvage and secure our country from the imminent threat of disunity and disharmony.
“We wish to unequivocally condemn all advocacies for establishing Interim Government in Nigeria.
“We condemn all utterances and unguarded statements promoted directly or through proxy by any politician or religious leader along ethnic, regional, or religious sentiment capable of inciting violence in Nigeria, especially at this critical period of our democratic transition.
“All media organizations should further exercise restraint in the interest of peace and national unity on all broadcast that may create confusion and or aggravate our fragile security situation by x-raying all content before airing to avoid the Rwanda experience in Nigeria.
“Nigerians should not fall into the trap of any sentiments to serve the interest of any desperate and greedy political leaders.
“All aggrieved politicians should stick to legal process for redress as provided by our legal system and desist from threatening, intimidating and discrediting the same approach he or she is seeking to serve.
“International Organizations and Communities should exercise restraint in submitting to the sentiments of some politicians, who are hell-bent on destabilizing the country, as Nigeria direly needs the support of its friends at this critical time of transition to salvage our nascent democracy in the interest of Africa’s stability and the world at large.
The group further urged the incoming administration to run an all-inclusive government to give a sense of belonging to every region, ethnic, religious, and political affiliation.
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