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2023: Peace Committee Raises Concern Over Violent Campaigns

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Daily Review – The National Peace Committee (NPC) has expressed concerns over violent campaigns and what it describes as the deterioration in the communication of fundamental issues among politicians ahead of the 2023 polls.

In a statement jointly signed by Gen. Abubakar (Chairman) and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah (Convener) on Monday, the Committee called on “all the candidates to rein in their Spokespersons and those who claim to represent them and their parties in the public media.”

Worried by rising attacks at political rallies, use of unguarded statements and intimidation, the peace committee urged the law enforcement agencies to enforce the law with the understanding that everyone would be held accountable for their actions, no matter their status.

It also called on the media to remain focused on managing information, noting that social media can be a tool for good if only it is used for peaceful purposes.

The statement reads: “Nigerians are genuinely concerned, troubled and disappointed by the conduct and attitude of some of the political actors in the last few weeks.

“Nigerians have been fed a menu of intemperate language, intimidation and outright violence in the field of the campaigns.

“It is evident that some of our actors have not learnt any lessons from the past. There is an increasing tone of desperation, if not incitement, among some of the contestants and members of their parties.

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