Yakubu Busari, Jos
The youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, in Jos North Local Government has condemned what it call ‘extreme religious tone ‘ in the preparations of the Local Government polls scheduled for February 2018
In a press statement, the National Director of YOWICAN, Evang. Ringsum Joshua John and Chairman, Jos North Youth Wing, Rev.Samson Maia Mshelia, expressed concern that the use of religion as a means of wooing the voters could trigger another round of violence if not checked on time before the polls.
The group appealed to Governor Simon Bako Lalong to urgently put in place a strong mechanism to check the perpetrators before their acts lead to violence during and after the voting exercise.
It said: ”You would recall the 28th November, 2008 Local Government election which, because of its religious tone, sparked off violence leading to the deaths of over 600 innocent lives during Governor Jonah Jang regime”
“We want to bring our concern to the appropriate channel in regards to the All Progressive Congress primaries which took place on the 18th November, 2017. As Christian youths in Jos North ,we are none political but peaceful as instructed in the Holy Bible to pursue peace with all men”.
” We were however amazed at the way religion was brought into the Jos North LGA primaries which destabilise the essence of the process, because delegates were taken to the mosque under duress to vote for an aspirant; they were induced financially and asked to vote based on religion. This is a serious dimension that has been introduced into the system, because a political party is not a religious group but an association of like minds”.
“We are peace makers and for the interest of the peace in Christ Jesus, we want action to be taking to address the abnormalities before the election dateline draws closer.”
Meanwhile, the People Democratic Party ,(PDP) Chairmanship candidate, Hon Aminu Zang has said there was no cause to fear, stating that election will hold in Jos North Local Government considering the level of maturity exhibited by delegates from all groups during congresses .
He said his purpose for joining political race of Jos North Chairmanship was to bring in trusted leadership that would ensure accommodation among the ethnics nationalities residents in the area.
He promised an all inclusive governance if elected as the council Chairman and promised to consolidate on the peace that has been achieved among the different ethnic nationalities.