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2011: Group charges electorate on fairness

 By Laja Thomas

A group, the Nigeria Renaissance Group, NGR has urged the electorate to be open and fair in assessing and appraising candidates seeking political offices as the 2011 general elections draw near.

In a statement signed by Mr Bayo Adetifa and Cletus Nnaji, President and Secretary respectively, the group said “given the hues and cries over a possible revisit of the controversial Okigbo report, NRG wishes to unequivocally call for caution against possible premeditated witch-hunt of the opposition for selfish political reasons rather than altruistic and nationalistic purposes.

“It is in the light of this background, the seeming castigation of former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida over the much-touted Okigbo report on the revenue that accrued to Nigeria during the Gulf War is a signal that the electoral process may yet be subject to manipulation.

“Whereas much has been said about the ‘windfall’ that accrued to Nigeria in the aftermath of Gulf war, it is worrisome that the cloud of uncertainty still surrounds the actual findings of Okigbo report for close to two decade.”


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