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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Don’t Beat Drum Of War

With the peaceful conclusion of the 2023 Nigeria Presidential Election, a 300 Level Student of the Department of Journalism, NTA Television College Jos, Luka Retle Kumbet wrote in this piece of advice to all Nigerians.

By Retle Luka kumbet.

The dictum, “There is no gain in trouble,” cannot be contested by parties in war. This is because even the perceived victor in a war always has something to regret.

Anyone who recalls the Nigeria civil war and the consequences of it will not play the drum of war rather they should embrace peace at this moment that the 2023 presidential election has been conducted.

If anything, aggrieved parties should seek redress in the law court.

The maxim, “no victor no vanquish” has remained synonymous with a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon whose surname was coined, “Go On With One Nigeria,” during the civil war.

He became a statesman for his unprecedented policy of reconciliation which brought all Nigerians together after the war. It is in this spirit that I appeal to Nigerian citizens especially the youths to equally note that no victor no vanquish in the just concluded elections. Nigeria belongs to all of us.

The Presidential and the National Assembly elections have come and gone.  Kudos must be given to the electorates who truly stood as major stakeholders to determine the final out-come of the election despite the hardship they passed through and the  inconveniences it may have caused them in a bid to vote the candidates of their choice.

Similarly, commendation should also go to the entire Security Agencies around the country for being apolitical and for showing professional skills in discharging their civic duty despite some skirmishes of electoral violence recorded in some states.

Also, the Independent National Electoral commissioners from various states, the NYSC,  Ah-hoc Staff, collation Officers at State levels, and the National Collation Centre in Abuja should be given special  Award for working round the clock in seeing that the elections was conducted in a free and fair environment.

Lessons learnt from this year’s election should be drawn and geared toward building confidence in the minds of citizens for it to be seen and trusted as impartial and independent Organisation.

Ultimately, the contenders of the various positions should clearly embrace the spirit of sportsmanship by calming the nerves of their supporters not to roll out the drums of war that will further take our great country back to the dark days of lost glory.

Our gratitude go to the international community and our Africa Union for observing and giving out suggestions and recommendations that will help in conducting our future elections.

Lastly, the Federal Government should be commended for ensuring that the election was held without postponement.

Retle Luka kumbet wrote in from Jos.


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