Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to dissociate himself from the “hate speeches” credited to his wife Patience Jonathan and others that could lead to electoral violence ahead of the elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11.
Fashola made the statement, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the officials of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at the Lagos House, Marina, led by its chairman, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu who visited him to seek support on the need to avoid violence and ensure free and fair contest in the forthcoming elections.
The governor lamented that the ‘hate Speeches’ made in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, especially the President had created panic in the country, saying “People are leaving the country out of fear.”
“President Goodluck Jonathan must come out and dissociate himself from especially, his wife speeches. He must disown them.”
Also speaking, Odinkalu urged Nigerians to learn from the imprisonment of the former first Lady of Ivory Coast, Simeone Gbagbo and desist from uttering comments that could lead to electoral violence in the country.
“The wife of Laurent Gbagbo was convicted for crime on electoral violence. As we move around sensitizing Nigerians on the effect of political violence, many haven’t seen it as a serious issue. And I hope that what happened in Ivory Coast will give every Nigerian reasonable thought,” he said.