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Why Buhari must address Xenophobic threats in Lagos before gov polls — Observer group

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…Recommends 30-yr jail terms for electoral offenders

By Victoria Ojeme & Emmanuel Elebeke

ABUJA—AHEAD of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections, an observer group, the Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative, TIFPI, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the ongoing Xenophobic threats in Lagos State warning that the threats could snowball into major crisis if not well managed.

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The group made the call during a presentation of its preliminary report on the 2019 elections in Abuja.

The Executive Director/Lead Observer of TIFPI, Livingstone Wechie, who issued the warning said the xenophobic threats in Lagos State were real and must be nipped in the bud.

Wechie said: “What is playing out in Lagos State is highly regrettable, backward looking, it is barbaric and amazing that at the point in our development, people are still beating drums of war?

“I will like to call on stakeholders and our partners across the world to take note because any attack on any part of the world is an attack on the whole world. So, those who are involved should be called to order.

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“It is unfortunate that some people are already calling for Xenophobia in Lagos State, that is Xenophobic, declaring an ultimatum to certain tribes in the country to vacate Lagos State is wrong. Lagos State is part of Nigeria, Lagos State is not owned by any individual or group of persons, it is part of us.

“If we begin to evict certain people in our respective states where we come from, I don’t know how peace can reign.

“It is condemnable and the Federal Government is, hereby, charged to make a pronouncement on the issue because it is already crippling in and may explode any time soon. The threats are real and they are highly condemnable.

Also in his report, the group recommended a 30 years jail term for perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors.

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