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Commonwealth observer group expresses worry over election violence

 BY BEN AGANDE

ABUJA-Leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the forthcoming elections in Nigeria, former Botswanan President, Mr Festus Mogae, has expressed worries about the rising violence in the country in the run up to the polls, saying it posed great danger to the conduct of a credible election.

Addressing newsmen yesterday, Mr Mogae said: “The Commonwealth is worried about violence. It will mar the elections to the extent that it takes place.

“I am, however, positive that violence will be contained before the elections. I grant that in those affected areas, it may affect the quality of elections but it may not affect the overall result of the election.

“I am concerned. I am apprehensive but I choose to believe that the level of violence will not affect the overall result of the elections.”

Mogae expressed worry that Nigeria, with all the human and material resources at its disposal, “has been governing yourselves a little less than your less younger brothers. I wonder how a nation with so many educated people fails to do things the right way.

“Unless Nigeria gets it right, everybody will be dismissive of black Africans.”

According to him, the mood in the country so far indicates that everybody is positive about the credibility of the elections.


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