Nigerian activist warns on election rigging, killings

posted 15 May 2010, 20:23 by Stefan Gigacz
Addressing Nigerian YCW leaders, human rights activist, Dr. Martins Iwuanyanwu, has lamented the spate of insecurity in the country, characterised by cultism, election rigging and unchecked killings. 

He called on the Federal Government to address the state of the nation’s security ahead of the 201 general elections, the Nigerian Daily Sun reports. 

Dr. Iwuanyanwu, who spoke on the topic: Nigeria at 50; Are Nigerians secured, during the Singles Summit organised by the Young Christian Workers (YCW), at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ajegunle, also enjoined the youths to be the change they want to see by turning out en-masse to vote for the right candidates in the 2011 polls. 

He said: “As we approach 2011, what should we be thinking? I believe we must be a part of the process that will produce our next president and other leaders. We must make sure that we register to vote and ensure that our votes count.” 

Assistant Parish Priest and Parish Chaplain of Young Christian Workers, Fr Damian Alozie, maintained that the church could champion the course of a secured Nigeria. He advised that leaders and the led should respect the voice of God by shunning the abuse of exalted offices. 

Reacting to the scenario playing out ahead of the 2011 elections, Fr Alozie warned all those parading themselves as the peoples’ servant to be wary, pointing out that it is high time Nigeria stopped the recycling of old hands.

President of YCW, Mr Martins Agwude Chijoke, said the choice of the topic was apt considering the sensitive political times the nation is passing through.