2019 Elections: Coalition of CSOs Condemn ‘Inciting’ Comments Credited to Amnesty International

By Ameh Gabriel, The Sight News

ABUJA: Following the just concluded general elections, a coalition of Civil Society Organizations—West African Network of Election Observers (WANEO), which was involved in elections monitoring, met on Thursday in Abuja, to review and deliberate on the issues surrounding the elections.

This is just as the Network, condemned strongly, comments credited to Amnesty international, suggesting that Kano state is an exceptional case of electoral violence.

Speaking at the press briefing, the General Secretary of WANEO, Lukman Abiola, noted that such comments were made in bad faith with a predetermined agenda.

Abiola, who was represented by Umezinwa Micheal a convener of the Network, stated that, “the Network organisation observed with dismay the unnecessary meddling and negative comments made by groups like Amnesty International”.

He therefore warned Amnesty International and her agents to desist from making comments capable of inciting the citizens of Nigeria especially in kano state, noting however that Amnesty International is not an election observer but a human rights organisations.

On the other hand, the Network stated that the just concluded elections in Nigeria was free and fair across the country despite few challenges experienced in some states.

While commending the just concluded election, the Network emphasised the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to improve on the electoral process especially as it relates to the uniform application of Electoral Acts.

Furthermore, he noted that the Network will constitute an independent civil society fact-finding mission to visit Benue, Kano and River states by the third week of April, so as to comprehensively assess the situation and make its recommendations to the government.

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