DG NOA CONDEMNS VIOLENT CONDUCT BY POLITICAL SUPPORTERS
Worried by the recent violent conducts by supporters of some political parties, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr. Mike Omeri has condemned in strong terms methods of thuggery, intimidation of opponents and violence which has occurred in some places as parties canvas for votes. He specifically condemned the alleged attack on President Goodluck Jonathan campaign motorcade which occurred in Katsina State, saying such act contravened the recently non-violence pact signed by all Presidential aspirants in the 2015 general election and the democratic spirit which has ruled our recent elections. Omeri then enjoined all political parties to reign on their supporters on the need to allow freedom of association, saying intimidation, thuggery and violent conducts should not be employed. Omeri further stated that Nigeria would remain “our beloved indivisible entity even after the 2015 general election”, while he warned political aspirants and their supporters to engage in “issue-based campaign rather than hate speeches that have recently being used by some politicians. “We have passed the stage of nascent democracy. Our conduct before, during and after every election should also reflect this departure. We are gradually becoming a leading democratic role model. Our political behavior is key to sustenance of this feat,” Omeri stressed. According to him, “Democracy offers the best opportunity for choosing our leaders at all levels and that process must not be tainted by incidence of violence”.