By Akoma Chinweoke
AS 2011 general elections draw nearer, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Chief Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, SAN, has said the only way the country can avoid the mistakes of the past and achieve a credible election in the near future was for the actors in the political space to imbibe positive attitude that would enable democracy to thrive.
Aondokaa, who spoke in Lagos at the maiden convocation ceremony of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), said that political education was very crucial towards achieving credible free and fair electoral process that would change Nigeriaâ€™s political fortune.
â€œThe Electoral Reform Bill, if passed into law, may not achieve the desired result if our people are not ready to play politics by the rules. We need toÂ therefore embark on political education that will re-orientate our people towards a positive political outing. If we appreciate that elections should be conducted correctly, already the entire public would expect the results to be correct and INEC officials would certainly be advised to do the right thing.
â€œBut if we poison our minds that the electionsÂ are going to be rigged, even when the timetable is out, some electorate believing that their votes would not count wouldÂ think the exercise would end upÂ in futility. So, let us do things properly.
Iâ€™m always hopeful that Nigeria would be great and if we try to encourage that things should be done correctly by not condemning it totally, then they can be corrected,â€ he said.