31st March, 2011
The Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Helen Mark, has urged parents, youths and security operatives to be vigilant to ensure that political violence did not jeopardise the general elections.
A statement issued by her head of publicity, Mr. Soji Ikotun, in Abuja on Wednesday, said Mark made the appeal while addressing political leaders as well as Christian and Muslim women associations in Otukpo, Benue.
She urged mothers to rise up to the challenge by supporting INEC, security operatives and electoral observers, who had the mandate to conduct, monitor and maintain order during and after the elections.
While expressing worry over the spate of violence around the country, Mark urged caution among Nigerians to ensure that the elections were violence free.
â€œThe country can only continue to experience peace if everyone of us sees the need to live in peaceful co-existence as good neighbours to achieve our desired results.
â€œThis election is very important to everyone of us, we cannot afford to mess up with our future this time around as our yearnings for 35 per cent affirmative action for Nigerian women wholly relies on the success of these elections.
â€œWe must rise to the occasion and call our families to order to embrace the wind of change, which will bring about peace, stability and democratic dividend to the grassroots and bring our nation out of the woods,â€ Mark said.
She said Nigerian women had resolved to resist attempts by individuals or organisations, which might want to instigate crisis at the polling centres.
Mark urged eligible voters to â€œrightfully cast their votes, stand by the votes and defend the votes until the result is announcedâ€.