The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) on Thursday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to curb uncomplimentary utterances and acts that could breed violence in the 2015 general elections.
Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, the Executive Director, CLO, said this in Lagos while speaking on the threats to the 2015 general elections and its implications on human rights.
Ezike said such acts would unarguably threaten democracy, create chaos and undermine the rights of the people.
“We urged the security agencies, INEC, the National Human Rights Commission and media to be extra vigilant and take proper actions that would ensure peace.
“We recall that, in the last elections, pre-elections and elections violence erupted as a result of malicious utterances.
“Many Nigerians, who came out to exercise their franchise were injured or killed.
“Many wives were made instant widows, some husbands became widowers while numerous children became orphans,” he said.
Ezike advised politicians to be committed to the nation’s development than threatening masses to vote for them.
“When people see that you are committed to developing this country, they will vote for you.
“Though, political tactics and acrobatisms are allowed, but they must not get to the point of threatening lives. This undermines democracy,” he said.
He further advised INEC to guide against marginalisation, as the minority group has every right to agitate for political equilibrium. (NAN)