By Stanley Onyekwere
Residents in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and other parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been admonished to shun violence especially during the forthcoming elections.
This call was made by the Vice Chairman of the Area Council, Lawrence Onuchukwu, while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of an annual prayer session organised by the Ohaneze Ndigbo in the FCT.
Onuchukwu said members of the Igbo social cultural association and other residents should not engage in violence during the election, but ensure that they cast their vote according to their minds.
The AMAC Vice Chair, who is a stakeholder in the association, said praying to begin a new year is an annual ritual by the group but they decided to pray for the success of the 2019 election since it is close.
“We recognise the fact that from year to year you thank the Almighty for sparing your life. Today we are here to thank the Almighty for the beginning of the New Year.
“We are also here to pray to God for the peaceful conduct of 2019 election and to pray for the president that the election will be successful and peaceful.
“You should come out and vote, not violence. Don’t make trouble and stay out of trouble, cast your vote according to your mind,” he stressed.
He further explained that the Ohaneze Ndigbo in the FCT adding that the prayer for the success of the election was added “to thank God for giving us the opportunity to witness the election.
“It’s also to pray to God to make it a success. What we are doing is putting God first in everything.”
Our correspondent reports that the interdenominational prayer, which was held at the old parade ground on Saturday was attended by members of the Ohaneze Ndigbo in several communities including Tunga Maje and Masaka.