2015: Group Warns Politicians Against Divisive Politicking

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A coalition of civil society groups under the
aegis of Rally for a United Nigeria, RUN, has
urged Nigerians to join a rally to counter hate
speeches by Nigerian politicians ahead of the
2015 general elections.
In a press Statement signed by its organisers,
RUN stressed the need to mobilize country men
and women across the federation to sign up for
hate-speech free and violence-free elections.
The group is led by Cynthia Mbamalu, Yemi
Adamolekun, YZ Yau, and Gloria Mabeima.
RUN said there is need to demand that political
candidates move Nigeria forward as a united
country and not further polarise the country as
elections draw near.
“We live in challenging times in Nigeria and in
the build-up to the forthcoming general
elections; the political class appears to have
increased the tempo of divisive politicking”, the
statement said. “We are much more than the
existing fault lines we are a people united by
common sufferings”.
The group also decried the ongoing insurgency
in the northeast and pockets of communal
clashes in other parts, stating that the crises
have resulted in alarming carnage and a
humanitarian crisis comparable only with the
Nigerian civil war.
RUN, therefore, called on Nigerians to join in
rallying for a united country in the period
leading to and after the general elections in
February 2015.
“We have to tell our politicians that Nigeria
belongs to all of us and we cannot afford to
stand-by and watch them destroy our common
heritage.
“Our tools of engagement will include research,
advocacy, mobilization and capacity
strengthening. Nigeria and Nigerians will be our
sole focus”, it said.

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