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2015: Learn from Afghanistan, N’East govs tell INEC

Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe and Kashim Shettima of Borno on Wednesday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, to take a cue from its counterpart in Afghanistan.

The three governors noted that the Afghans  courageously held the country’s presidential and provincial elections last Saturday despite strong threats by the terror organisation, Taliban, to disrupt the polls.

The governors said this in  a joint statement issued on their behalf by their spokesmen, Ahmad Sajoh for Nyako, Abdullahi Bego for Gaidam and Isa Gusau for Shettima.

They noted that  Afghanistan and its people were celebrated worldwide for liberating themselves from the scourge of fear.

This, they noted, sent  a strong signal that no amount of threat would deny them the opportunity of choosing their leaders through democratic processes, a kind of courage the believed was expected of genuine patriots.

The statement partly read, “Our Independent National Electoral Commission should please learn from the landmark election that took place in Afghanistan at the weekend during which election officials took the bold step of going on to conduct election in spite of threats by the Taliban to send the country into extinction if the elections were held.

“The central government in Afghanistan provided adequate security for the conduct of the polls. It was also reported that there was a 53 per cent voter turnout during the elections and it went on peacefully in most places.

“We all know that the unfortunate insurgency affecting this country has a similar attribute to the Taliban doctrine in Afghanistan even though ours is now assuming a very complicated character.

“The INEC should as a matter of counter-insurgency approach, ensure that no part of Nigeria is excluded from the 2015 elections on account of threats.”

According to them, suspending elections on account of threats by insurgents and other sundry social miscreants would amount to succumbing to their doctrine and conceding victory on the part of Nigeria.

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