January 17, 2015
The Governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero has joined the disturbing list of Nigerian politicians that are at more with making dangerous statement. The Governor in an address to his supporters in Zaria during the opening of his campaign on Monday threatened to call out his supporters to inflict damage on the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] if his team is ever attacked while campaigning. Year, arrogating himself powers unknown our constitution boosted that “If I say you should not come to Kaduna, I swear you cannot come. If I say you should not leave your house, I swear you cannot leave,”
We at CITAD4Peace condemn statement as relentless, unbecoming of his person. Nigeria has had enough of violence election in the past and would want all to move the country forward to the reign of peaceful conduct of elections. We call on other well-meaning Nigerians to join us in condemning this unhealthy utterance. Politicians must at all time put the peace the country and safely of Nigerians at the top of their campaign engagements and refrain from acts that can incite ordinal citizens to violence.
CITAD4Peace, further in the spirit of the signing of the peace accord between the two top presidential candidates in the coming election, call on Gov Ramalan Yero to retract the statement and embrace the path of peace and base his campaign on issues that will impact of the lives of the citizens of his state. He should emulate the presidential candidates and seek to sign a similar understanding with other Governorship opponents in the state
- Z. Yaú