Nigerians have been advised to shun violence and stop beating the drums of war with their utterances as that would give a bad impression of the country and its democratic culture.
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr. Mike Omeri in a press statement called on the people of Bayelsa State especially the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State to demonstrate good citizenship by participating peacefully in the gubernatorial re-run election in the area.
Omeri who decried the widespread of violence during the earlier inconclusive governorship election said “There is need for caution and stakeholders must allow peace to reign for the sake of unity, development and national cohesion in our nation”.
He explained that reports from the field especially at the grassroots indicate the possibility of violence regardless of the outcome of the elections hence the Agency will not relent on its sensitization campaign on peace after the elections.
The NOA DG stated that as a result of this, the Agency and its partners have designed a comprehensive and strategic, Peace campaign aimed at addressing various stakeholders on the need for peace to reign.
In his words: “We need a united country devoid of violence, We have equal rights, It’s our nation and we have nowhere else to call our country. This is a call to action and an invitation to Nigerians especially citizens from Bayelsa State, to be part of change of the current administration by casting our votes peacefully”.