Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Centre for Democratic Development yesterday urged politicians to desist from using religion and ethnicity to further divide the country.
Director, CDD, Idayat Hassan, in a statement on the occasion of the nation’s Democracy Day, asked them to focus on issue-based campaigns and desist from disinformation or fake news.
She cautioned: “The level of division we’ve seen is enough. It’s time for us to unite.”
Hassan said Nigerians’ votes must count, asking the citizens to resist “any attempt to disrupt peaceful elections.”
According to her, a credible, free and fair election is as critical as democracy and as such politicians and all their supporters must prioritize the interest of the nation instead of fueling disunity as the country is already at a crossroads.
She noted that Nigerians deserve more after 23 years of democratic rule, asking citizens to support initiatives that would unite the country and promote good governance.
She emphasized that no Nigerian must be disenfranchised.
“We want the vote of Nigerians to also count. Politicians must understand the plight of Nigerians and desist from any action that’ll lead to disunity,” she said.
She expressed concern over the state of the nation, especially the growing debt profile and insecurity, saying there was an urgent need to revive the economy from total collapse and tackle the root causes of insecurity.
Hassan said there was a need to reverse the gloomy state of the nation’s economy.