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Women to march for peaceful polls in Lagos 

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Women from all walks of life will on Thursday, February 2, 2023 embark on a peaceful march in Lagos as part of efforts to promote awareness for issue-based campaigns by political parties and their aspirants and peaceful participation in the general elections.

Presidential and National Assembly polls are slated for February 25, while the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections will hold on March 11, 2023.

The exercise, according to the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Nigeria (WANEP-Nigeria), and Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF- Africa) is geared to enhance individual capacities on the need to exercise their fundamental rights as citizens of Nigeria in a well organised and peaceful manner devoid of violence.

The one-day walk will commence at the premises of the Lagos State Television (LTV8) along Agidingbi road and terminate at the state secretariat Alausa where they will present a report to the state governor, Mr. Babajide-Sanwo Olu as disclosed by the organisation.

Addressing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of WANEP-Nigeria, Chief. Dr. Bridget Osakwe said the organisation, which is the largest and organised peacebuilding network in Nigeria has noted with deep concern the persistent spate of insecurity and violence in the country with untold consequences on the lives and livelihoods of the citizenry, especially during elections.

She said the increasing rate of violence has created instability in the country and disrupted the lives of men, women, and children with a grave impact on the nation’s economy and community livelihoods. 

Dr. Bridget said, “We seek to create awareness and advocate the need for oneness and a violent free 2023 elections. Elections in Nigeria have been of major concern to its citizenry, as many are frightened by violent incidents that may occur and most especially its effect on women and children.” 

The WANEP National Coordinator commended the laudable efforts of the federal government and the Lagos state and the various peacekeeping units’ agents for their efforts in ameliorating the reoccurring violence and crime in the country and ensuring that there is peace in the upcoming 2023 elections.



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