By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A humanitarian non governmental organization, Christian Aid has strongly condemned violence linked to electoral process, stressing that it leads to poverty.
Programme Officer, Gender and Governance, Christian Aid, Mrs Mercy Onyeama expressed this when speaking at a town hall meeting, tagged, ‘Mitigating Violence During The Electoral Process in Kaduna State’ held on Thursday February 28, 2019.
She explained that Christian Aid is an international NGO, working to see an end to poverty worldwide.
“Poverty happens in different ways. During elections, if violence erupts and you burn someone’s property, you have sent the person to poverty.
“We noticed that one thing that leads to poverty is violence. When there is crisis and the bread winner is killed, it could also lead to poverty,” she added.
Speaking while delivering a goodwill message, she said that unfortunately, those affected by post election crisis are mostly ordinary citizens, not the politicians.
‘When houses are burnt, whose houses are burnt? When people are killed, who are the victims? It is the ordinary people and unfortunately, it is still the ordinary people that carry out the attacks on themselves,” she said.
She explained that they called for the meeting because they have to put an end to electoral violence whether before, during or after the election.
“This activity is not all we are doing for this project, it ends by April but we are hoping we will do this twice,” she said.
She assured that when they hold radio programmes, they would call on the stakeholders to speak because they are known by the communities and as traditional and religious leaders, they served as opinion leaders.
They know you and identify with you, and would listen to you,” she added.
The town hall meeting was organised by Christian Aid in collaboration with African Centre For Leadership, Strategy and Development with support from Start Network.