Arms Proliferation Threatens 2015 Elections – Christian Elders

Arms Proliferation Threatens 2015 Elections – Christian Elders

The Christian Elders Forum of Northern States on Thursday warned that the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the nation and insecurity did not suggest a good atmosphere for credibility and fairness in the 2015 general elections.

Arms Proliferation Threatens 2015 Elections – Christian Elders

The forum therefore directed all Christians to   embark on grassroots mobilisation that would ensure that Christians came out  enmasse to vote.

It also  suggested that “the rotation of gubernatorial seat among the three Senatorial districts in every state   be  included  in the  nation’s constitution”  but advised politicians “who have shown no concern to our plight” never  to “bother discussing  2015 electioneering with us.”

The group’s position was contained in a communique signed by its  Chairman, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye and Secretary-General, Iliya Yusuf, at the end of its annual conference  in Abuja.

On  unemployment,  NOSCEF called on the rich and influential  Nigerians  to cooperate with northern state governors to reduce the trend.

It said,  “We urge our  elite  to co-operate with the governors in the North to dispatch 10,000 youths to China and 10,000 youths to India to be trained in the running of small scale industries. Governments should grant them soft loans to establish themselves on return. The quality of education right from the primary to the tertiary has been embarrassingly poor.

“The present  insecurity does not create a good atmosphere for credible election. All efforts must be made to bring things to normalcy. The level and sophistication of weapons in  the  hands  of individuals in Nigeria is very alarming.”

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