On the 10th of February 2019, 375 persons including 20 persons with
disabilities attended a sensitization program organised by The Centre For Awareness On Justice and Accountability(CAJA). The aim of the program was to sensitize the general public from
that community on the dangers of vote buying, vote selling, and election
violence as it relates to corruption, to also inform them of the importance of
demanding and voting in credible leaders.
The audience were informed of the importance of casting
their votes, shunning any form of election violence, vote buying and selling
and also the demand for accountability through voting in credible leaders.
The facilitator introduced the persons present and the
reason the program was planned. The executive director for Haliru memorial and
youth development initiative (AYDI) gave the welcome address to the
The religious leader that was invited gave an opening prayer
and also went ahead to discuss the need to vote in credible leaders and demand
for accountability from the religious perspective. He informed the participants
they would be held into account for their choices and decisions made which also
included voting in credible leaders so as to be able to respond on the day of
judgement about their decisions to choose a leader.
He also informed the participants that vote buying, vote
selling and election violence are also bad as the religion frowns at immoral
The M & E officer for the Centre for Awareness on
Justice and Accountability (CAJA) while addressing the participants made
mention of the fact that election violence was a bad thing as it causes more
harm than good, that vote buying and selling also has a negative impact on the
society and community as a whole for the politicians who buy these votes
consider It as an investment and would definitely want to make profits by
looting the public treasury dry. That in turn would result to corruption as
they would not want to do or follow the right channel. As they would neglect to
provide quality health care system, educational system, portable drinking
water, infrastructure and other basic amenities as what they would be given in
exchange for their votes would be peanuts gotten from the public treasury.
The executive director of the Centre for Sustainable
development and communication initiative also addressed the participants to
shun all forms of election violence and also spread the message to others who
were not present.
The Dadin Kowa drama group made a short drama presentation
on the harmful effect of vote buying, and voting in credible leaders. They also
highlighted the issue of political thuggery and the power of the community to
have a say in their own affairs and in voting in credible leaders to lead them.
After the drama presentation the participants were thanked
for participating and also urged them to take the message forward.