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Catholic relief agency to have almost 5,000 election observers in Nigeria, fears outbreak of violence

February 02, 2015

The Nigerian branch of Caritas, the international Catholic relief agency, plans to have 4,889 observers in action during the country’s coming elections.

Father Evaristus Bassey, the executive secretary of Caritas Nigeria, said that he fears an outbreak of violence during the elections, because of the highly charged political atmosphere in Nigeria. Persistent charges of corruption in government, the army’s failure to control Boko Haram terrorists, and the persistent issue of poverty have raised the stakes.

Father Bassey urged all responsible leaders to promote a peaceful election campaign and respect for the rule of law. He encouraged families in troubled regions to set stores of food and other necessary supplies so that they would be able to remain home safely if violence flares.

 


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