31st March, 2011
Mrs. Asabe Aliyu, Chairperson, â€œWomen for peace in Plateauâ€, an NGO, has appealed to stakeholders in the political system to ensure a violent free elections in April.
Aliyu made the plea on Wednesday in Jos, during a one day workshop organized on â€œElectoral violence and peace in Plateauâ€ as part of the NGO.s efforts to seek alternatives to electoral violence.
â€œwe, the women are usually at the receiving end when violence erupts; we are multiple losers in crises during which we are either killed or injured.
â€œWe also lose our husbands, fathers , children and loved ones,â€ she stated.
The Chairperson stated that the seminar would proffer solutions to electoral violence during the elections, saying that as mothers, they would have to sensitize their children and husbands on the need to
shun violence during elections.
She appealed to all stakeholders to avoid using violence as a means of seeking redress and advised them they should rather seek justice in the law courts.
Plateau Police Commissioner, who was represented by Mr. Ignatius Amachi, the Area Commander of Jos metro, cautioned against electoral violence, and revealed that it was an offence that could attract 24 months imprisonment without an option of fine.
Amachi advised the youths to remain law-abiding and conduct themselves during the elections and reassured women of their safety during and after the elections.