NOA URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY IN THEIR CAMPAIGNS
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged political parties to use the period of electioneering campaigns to promote peace and unity in the country to douse the seeming anxiety among the populace.
The Director General of the Agency, Mike Omeri made the point today during a visit to the National Headquarters of the Labour Party in Abuja as part of the Agency’s advocacy for a free, fair and violence free 2015 election.
According to Omeri, “this period comes with a lot of anxiety among the populace and political parties have a responsibility to educate their followers and candidates in the direction of peace and unity”. He said it is well known that there must be a country before we have the structure of governance, hence, those seeking to serve in the structure of governance must ensure that by their actions and disposition, they promote the virtues of unity and cohesion and peace.”
In his words, “Our basic appeal during this visit is to extract the commitment of Labour Party and its members to a civil and peace attitude during the process leading to the election. We urge politicians to moderate their languages and seek to build our society. Let’s stop the hate messages”, he said.
The National Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam, who led some members of the executive committee to the meeting praised the NOA for taking the initiative to re-engineer the orientation of political activist at this time, saying some of the utterances of politicians during this period have tended to scare and frighten the people.
He said the message of non-violence will be the topic of its youth outreach taking place in Warri, Delta State this week urging the youths not to join in creating bad image for the country.