The Friday sermon across Central Mosques in Nigeria should be dedicated for enlightenment of voters and special prayers for peaceful elections. The Network for Democracy and Development (NDD), which stated this also charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible elections starting from tomorrow, Saturday, 23 rd February, 2019.
The general elections previously slated for Saturday, February 16, was shifted to February 23 by INEC. The commission also rescheduled the governorship and states House of Assembly elections for March 9. National coordinator of NDD, Tajudeen Alabede, and the director of strategy, Abdul-Wasi Moshood, in a statement, appealed to the international community and election observers to remain impartial; respect the nation’s sovereignty and play their roles within global best practices. “International observers should divest themselves of any particular mindset or extraneous considerations, but be strictly guided by the fundamental principle of objectivity, neutrality and independent assessment of events.
“We call on the media to act as unbiased and patriotic witnesses to the events around the elections and report events accurately and conscientiously. The media must serve as purveyor of truth and realise the enormity of its influence on the society. In this era of social media characterised by unrestrained eyewitness reportage, we must all eschew the criminal act of spreading fake news,” they stated. Corroborating the NDD’s view, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) tasked Imaams across the region and nationwide to pray for peaceful poll diurring Friday sermon in their mosques today.
Executive secretary and chief executive officer of MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi, called on Nigerians to vote peacefully during the presidential and national assembly elections on Saturday. “We need to remind ourselves that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the electorate can exercise their right to vote for candidates of their choice and the votes truly count.“We all have a duty to make the elections a positive milestone in the nation’s progress, and not a step backwards. We must, therefore, make sure that the elections are free, fair, peaceful, violence-free and credible,” he said. He, however, appealed to Muslims to pray for peaceful elections, urging the Imams to admonish their congregations on the need to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before, during and after the elections.
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