The National Peace Council (NPC) has warned politicians not to use indecent language during election campaigns.
Chairman of the Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retired)The call was made at a meeting with 18 political parties in Abuja on Friday, condemning violence and other unacceptable behavior by some parties and their candidates.
He accused political parties of being tolerant of elections in less than 40 days.
The former head of state also asked Nigerians to take the upcoming elections seriously and stop actions that could undermine its success.
He said: “I call on everyone to be moderate in language, to respect each other’s views and concerns, and to listen to the concerns expressed. We are not here to find out who is wrong, but what is wrong and how to correct it.
“We are pleased that there are measurable improvements, and that INEC has assured us that it has addressed some of the areas that often lead to violence.
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“The security agencies have also continued to reassure us. We would like you to bring up your areas of concern and let us see what can be done to increase confidence in the process.
“I would like to appeal to all Nigerians to take seriously the seriousness and importance of these elections. We have been through a lot and we have come through.
“The purpose of this Peace Council initiative is to build the confidence of our people in the electoral process and to ensure that we do everything possible to ensure the success of these very critical elections.
“Our intent is to hear from the presidential candidates and see how we can unite all people to ensure that all citizens elect the leaders of their choice.
“It’s impossible to have all the contestants in the same room, so we hope that anything we discuss here affects all the contestants in these elections.”
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