- The Taraba state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) cautioned against any form of elctoral violence in the state
- The association gave the advise following the violence that broke out in Jalingo following the announcement of the governorship election results in Taraba
- CAN also urged politicians to caution their supporters and warn them against instituting violence across the state
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba chapter, on Saturday, March 16, called on warring factions in the violence that broke out in Jalingo following the announcement of the governorship election results in the state to sheathe their swords.
Innocent Solomon, the CAN Chairman in the state, made the call after a tour of the affected areas in Jalingo and a sympathy visit to the victims at the Specialist Hospital and the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo.
Solomon assured the people that CAN and the Muslim council were working closely with the State government to restore peace in the state.
“We condemn the violence that broke out at the declaration of the governorship election results in the state, and in Jalingo in particular.
“Crises have never done any good to anybody in any society across the world.
“Our politicians must call their supporters to order and join hands with us in preaching peace.
“We want to call on our political leaders to eschew violence and work for the peace of Taraba,” he said.
While commending the role of security operatives in ensuring the return of peace in the state, Solomon called for the release of those arrested in the wake of the crisis being kept in military facility in Jalingo, as a measure toward ensuring peace.
“The continuous detention of those arrested in the military facility in Jalingo without being charged to court is raising concern among the people.
“We made efforts this morning to see the Commander of the military in Jalingo, but we were told he wasn’t on seat, but I am sure he will cooperate with us in finding solution to this problem,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CAN Chairman, who was accompanied on the visit by the state executives of the association, prayed for the victims and made cash donations to them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the governorship supplementary elections scheduled for March 23, INEC has assured critical stakeholders in Plateau that it would conduct a free, fair and credible election in the affected areas.
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Mallam Halilu Pai, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in the state, gave the assurance at a meeting with leaders of various political parties and other stakeholders on Saturday in Jos.
Also, the March 9 governorship election in the state was declared inconclusive because the margin in the votes polled by the two leading candidates was less than the votes cancelled in some polling units.
A total of 48,828 votes were cancelled across 40 polling units in 19 wards of nine local government areas.
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