Group moves to counter hate speech in Nigeria ahead of elections

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A coalition of civil society, Rally for a United Nigeria, RUN, has urged Nigerians to join a rally to counter hate speeches by Nigerian politicians ahead of national elections in 2015.

In a press Statement signed by its organisers, RUN said there is need to mobilize country men and women across the federation to sign up for hate-speech free and violence-free elections.

The group is led by Cynthia Mbamalu, Yemi Adamolekun, YZ Yau, and Gloria Mabeima.

RUN said there is need to demand that political candidates move Nigeria forward as a united country and not further divide the country as elections draw near.

“We live in challenging times in Nigeria and in the build-up to the forthcoming general elections; the political class appears to have increased the tempo of divisive politicking,” the statement said. “We are much more than the existing fault lines we are a people united by common sufferings.”

RUN also condemned ongoing insurgency in the northeast and pockets of communal violence in other parts, stating that the crises have resulted in alarming carnage and a humanitarian crisis comparable only with the Nigerian civil war.

RUN called on Nigerians to join in rallying for a united country in the period leading to and after the general elections in February 2015.

“We have to tell our politicians that Nigeria belongs to all of us and we cannot afford to stand-by and watch them destroy our common heritage,” it said.

“Our tools of engagement will include research, advocacy, mobilization and capacity strengthening. Nigeria and Nigerians will be our sole focus,” it said.


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