Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 February 2010

Nigeria: 2011 - Niger Community Pledges to Avoid Violence

Minna — The people of Gusoro, often a trouble spot in Niger State politics, has pledged to steer clear of violence or any act that may jeopardise the process of election in the 2011 general election.

The community, located in Shiroro Local Government Area, has a long history of political violence during elections. But hundreds of people from the community recently came to Minna and passed a message across to the state government through the commissioner of information Alhaji Aliyu Baba Barau to the effect that they were denouncing violence for the good of the community.

The group which was led by Alhaji Yarima said the community had resolved to uphold the rule of law and respect the sanctity of lives and value of property as they denounced political thuggery. They pledged that for the first time, they will ensure that no case of violence is recorded in the community because of election.

"We are here to declare our support for the rule of law and to pledge that Gusoro will not involve itself in any form of violence as we aim to clear our name of being associated with violence during elections," he said.

Barau who led government's delegation to receive the community at the U. K. Bello Arts Theatre in Minna expressed happiness, saying the new step will herald peace for the entire state and help democracy to grow.

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