By Mohammed Lawal
Zaria (Kaduna State), Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) An NGO, “One Africa Project”, on Monday said solicited the support of the traditional rulers’ holistic support for the fight against hate speech to record the desired success.
The Zonal Coordinator of the NGO, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq-Mohammed, called for the support when the management of the outfit paid courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris in his palace in Zaria.
He described traditional rulers as critical to success of any campaign in view of their closeness to the masses, especially at the grassroots.
Sadiq-Mohammed said two states: Kaduna and Rivers were selected by the NGO for “Vote Not Fight” campaign project due to their volatile nature during elections.
He said: “These states are also highly prone to religious and ethnic conflicts,this is why the campaign is fully concentrated in the two states.
“Though the campaign is also ongoing in Kano and Imo States, but not as rigorous and concentrative as in Kaduna and Rivers.
“The NGO has embarked on advocacy campaign tagged “Vote not Fight” aimed at ensuring that youths vote peacefully in the next election and shun all forms of violence.”
Responding, the Emir, who is also the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, warned youths against engaging in hate speeches and any form of mischievous activities during 2019 general elections.
He also cautioned them to avoid being used by mischievous politicians who regard politics as a “do or die affair”, to cause violence during the forthcoming general elections.
The traditional ruler pledged to give the campaign the necessary support to succeed. (NNN)
Edited by Dada Ahmed
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