Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ANEEJ briefs EU Parliament on Nigeria's elections

February 24, 2015

ANEEJ briefs the EU Parliamentarians on State of Nigeria’s elections

Brussels….ANEEJ executive director, Rev. David Ugolor who is on a working tour to Brussels, Belgium has told the European Union that for the first time in Nigeria’s democratic history, issues of corruption and good governance have become consistent and that they are likely to tip the scales and affect the polls in the March 28,  2015 General Elections.

The thrust of the meeting between ANEEJ and the EU is Nigeria’s elections. Other issues that engaged the EU will engage Rev. David Ugolor include how the Boko Haram activities have influenced the state of insecurity in the West African Sub-region, the challenges in the production, distribution and collection of PVCs and other issues pertaining to transparency and fairness in the General Elections of March 28, 2015.

 ‘The political class is exploiting religion sentiments to advance their traction to the Muslim and Christian communities, especially during election campaign period’, David Ugolor told the Brussels meeting.

He also said that Boko Haram had committed numerous atrocities across Nigeria and the sub-Saharan sub-region with over 10,000 people killed, and numerous young men and women kidnapped.

Rev. Daviod Ugolor said that even though a coalition of 8,750 strong multinational joint task force was established, made up of soldiers from Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Republic, Human Rights Watch and other local groups in Nigeria have consistently raised the issue of human rights violations and have repeatedly called on government to respect the human rights of civilians during their confrontation with the terrorist group.

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