MURIC urges Nigerians to vote ‘massively’
As Nigerians prepare to vote in the general elections tomorrow and on March 2, an Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to Nigerians to go out and vote massively on the election days.
In a statement signed by the founder and director of the organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC appealed to Nigerians not to adopt a lukewarm attitude towards the elections.
“We must not be lackadaisical about this election because it is a watershed in the history of our nation.
“We must vote our conscience. What we are advocating is massive turnout at the polling booths. Nigerians of all persuasions, Christians, Muslims, traditionalists, must go to the polls. Nigerians of all tribes must do the same.
“The sacrifice which we must make on those voting days are not for us per se, it is for our children, our grand children and our great grandchildren. Let us stand there under the sun or in the rain as the case may be on that day knowing fully well that it is the day of sowing so that we can reap in future.
“MURIC reminds Nigerians that 2019 election is not about religion or ethnicity. We must vote for those who will make our country great by improving infrastructure, raising the standard of living, paying workers regularly, plugging leaking holes and promoting transparency, probity and accountability.
“We urge young Nigerians to eschew violence in all its ramifications before, during and after the elections. Those who hire thugs will continue to live after the election whereas many of those who allow themselves to be used may die in the process. Our youths must therefore avoid violent acts like ballot-snatching and the kidnapping of opposition candidates,” the statement read in part.
“MURIC appeals to Nigerian voters: don’t sell your vote. It is your power. It is your right to choose the direction you want your country to go. It is your conscience and your conscience is your essence. The man dies in him who puts his conscience on sale. We appeal to candidates of various categories in the 2019 general elections to be valiant in contest, humble in victory and magnanimous in defeat. It must be Nigeria first,” the statement read in part.