Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has condemned the wanton killings of citizens in various parts of the country.

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has condemned the wanton killings of citizens in various parts of the country, including Rivers (Abonnema, Andoni, Eleme, Krakrama, etc); Lagos (Okota),  Oyo (Ibadan); Bayelsa and Kogi States, amongst others, in the course of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections held yesterday, Saturday 23rd February, 2019. CDHR also berated politicians and errant security agents on the widespread electoral violence that disrupted the smooth conduct of the general elections yesterday. The foremost Human Rights group again lamented the disturbing show of compromise, collusion and connivance by some officials of INEC and security agencies that has put the integrity of the election process to question.

 

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Comrade (Barr) Henry Peter Ekine, issued to the press, CDHR maintained that citizens are entitled hitch free participation in elections, which must be peaceful, fair and credible. Citizens have the right to vote and be voted for; no citizen should be unfairly disenfranchised, especially by violent conduct by others or connivance by errant security agents.

 

CDHR commended Nigerians, electorates, on their commitment to democracy and the electoral process by turning out enmass and participating in the elections, despite the downturns, especially the earlier unfortunate and sudden postponement of the elections from Saturday 16th February to Saturday 23rd February, 2019. The resilience of Nigerians has again been demonstrated by such unprecedented mass turnout of electorates for the elections.

 

Now the Presidential and National Assembly Elections are over, as we prepare for the Governorship and State Assembly Elections on Saturday 9th March, 2019, all stakeholders, INEC, Security Agencies, Political Parties, Politicians and electorates must avoid violent behaviors or conduct, must desist from snatching of electoral materials, including ballot boxes. Voters must be civil. Electorates must come out even in greater numbers to exercise their rights. Vote your choice and determine your common future.

 

Your right is your right is your right!

My right is my right is my right.