By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has called on the U.S. and other international communities to assist Nigeria in ensuring that the 2019 general elections is free, fair, credible and peaceful.
The group made the call during a peaceful rally to the U.S. Embassy on Friday in Abuja.
The coalition are Concerned Nigerians, Ourmumudondo Movement and the Coalition for the Defence of Democracy in Nigerian Democracy.
Others are Leadership and Accountability Initiative, Mad Connect and the Campaign for Democracy.
According to the group, the rally is part of the initiative aimed at engaging stakeholders, including the diplomatic community to raise genuine interest toward ensuring transparent and peaceful polls come 2019.
Mr Deji Adeyanju, the National Coordinator of Concerned Nigerians, who spoke on behalf of the group said the U.S. should show active concern as a model democratic nation and a stakeholder in global affairs to ensure that Nigeria’s nascent democracy “is not truncated’’.
“Peaceful and credible elections are essential to Nigeria’s development and stability,and that is why we are calling on the international community to come to our aid.
“We are gathered here today to draw the attention of all Nigerians, lovers of democracy and leaders of conscience all over the world, especially the U. S. to the danger electoral malpractices will bring in 2019.”