Nigeria’s Apex Islamic Body Calls For Clamp Down On Provocative Comments
Nigeria’s apex Muslim body, the Nigeria Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs has asked security agencies to be proactive in tackling individuals and groups making provocative comments on the presidential poll.
It wants security agencies to move against those making unsubstantiated claims capable of jeopardizing the peace in the country.
The organization in a statement issued on Wednesday said those making such divisive comments, no matter their status should be dealt with.
The Islamic body said it was worried that those who should serve as a moral compass in this critical period are making provocative statements which are threatening the security of the country.
However, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to correct all identified lapses in its conduct of the last February 25 polls.
It wants INEC to exclude collation and returning officers with proven cases of misconduct from the future polls, and to fix the glitches in its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
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The association in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Akorede Lawal said, the interim findings of its accredited observers who monitored the February 25 polls shows that 21 per cent of Nigerians were impressed with the conduct of the poll.
Also 64 per cent were satisfied where 8.2 per cent rated the conduct of the polls very poor.
The observers in the report wants INEC to address the late arrival of its officials and electoral material to the polling units.
The NBA observers also wants the issue of limited or non transmission of results from the polling units and the insecurity at the polling units, intimidation of voters, and ballot boxes snatching, addressed before the Saturday polls.