NPC Commences Post Enumeration Survey in Daura

NPC officials in Katsina.


The National Population Commission (NPC) has flagged off the commencement of the Post Enumeration Survey in the Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The NPC Federal Commissioner in charge of Katsina, Bala Almu Banye, who flagged off the exercise said the survey will be conducted across 127 Enumeration Areas in the six geopolitical zones out of which 15 Enumeration Areas will be covered during the survey in Daura.

Banye, while speaking in a Press Conference on Thursday in Daura announced that the exercise with the theme: “Zero Tolerance For Error” is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 22nd November 2022 and will be completed on November, 2nd 2022.

He further described the conduct of the Trial PES as an integral part of the preparatory activities for the conduct of a successful and fully digital census scheduled to hold in April 2023.

The Post Enumeration Survey (PES), he said, is a statistically representative survey that the NPC will use to check the accuracy of the Trial Census conducted in July 2022.

“The PES will allow the Commission to determine how many people were missed, counted twice, included by mistake, or counted in the wrong place.

“The Commission is placing premium importance on this exercise.

“Errors can arise from many sources in the conduct of the Census, especially in field data collection and processing procedures. Census designs can also be a source of error by introducing measurement errors through wrong questionnaires, instructions, training materials, and procedures for data

“The PES, therefore, has been designed to redress these possible errors in the Census process. The results of the comparison are mainly used to measure coverage and content error in the context of the Census.

“This Trial PES exercise is in line with the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses.

“It gives credibility to the census results and engenders confidence and acceptability of the census by data users,” he added.

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Banye also reiterated the commitment of the NPC to conduct a credible and reliable Census whose result will be a planning tool for national development through rigorous planning and the use of international best practices at every stage of the process.

He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to join the Commission to bequeath to Nigeria a demographic data that will be used to navigate through the myriad of challenges confronting the nation today.

The Emir is promising to support the NPC.


The Emir of Daura, HRH Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, restated his commitment to giving the NPC maximum support and cooperation before, during, and after the whole exercise to attain success.

The Emir was speaking when he received the NPC Federal Commissioner in charge of Katsina State, Bala Almu Banye, on a courtesy visit to the emir’s palace in Daura.

“I am assuring you that the NPC will not face any challenges during the exercise. I thank the commission and its officials for a job well done during the trial Census”, HRH Umar noted.

On Thursday last week, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State decried the wide politicisation of population and housing Census across the country.

His concern was coming as the National Population Commission, NPC said it was committed to delivering a fully digital, credible, and reliable Census.

Masari stated this at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission when he declared open the NPC State Stakeholders Summit on the forthcoming 2023 census scheduled to hold in April.

Governor Masari, while calling on traditional and community leaders not to distort, temper, or exaggerate the actual figure of their villages, communities, wards, or persons during the exercise to attract more resource allocations, hoped that NPC will achieve perfect census amidst the deployment of adequate technology for exercise.

He further urged the commission to cross-check the quality of all data to be supplied by the respondents in the course of the exercise.

The theme for this summit convened by the Katsina State office of the National Population Commission was “2023 Census- Getting People Involved”.

Channels Television recalls that the NPC commenced house listing and house numbering for the proposed trial census across the country on July, 14th 2022.

Osun Governorship Election: Time To Build On Democratic Gains – NPC

General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Head of State, is the Chairman of the National Peace Council.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Head of State, is the Chairman of the National Peace Council.


Ahead of the July 16, 2022, Osun State off-cycle governorship election, the National Peace Committee (NPC) has urged the people of Osun State to once again come out en-masse, exercising their civic rights to vote, without fear of violence and with the understanding that the structures for growth are dependent on peace.

Chairman of the NPC, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, in a statement on Monday, asserted that at the heart of the nation’s democratic society is the opportunity for the citizens to choose those who will lead them.

According to him, the Osun State governorship election offers yet another opportunity to consolidate the gains recorded during the Ekiti State governorship election of June 2022, as well as to further assess our preparedness for the 2023 general elections.

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Consequently, he said the National Peace Committee made the following observations:

“We applaud the commitment and tenacity of the people of Osun State who support our democracy by engaging in the electoral process, obtaining their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) to be eligible to vote on election day, while participating in rallies and campaigns for the various candidates.

“In particular, we call on our youths to make and present themselves as ambassadors of peace, and not as pawns used for thuggery and violence. As youths, you retain the hope and future of Osun State and Nigeria at large when you support the democratic process.

“Your willingness to vote even during times of heightened insecurity, reflects the acceptance of democracy as the most appropriate form of governance for Nigeria.

“We are aware that the contestants in the elections are running robust campaigns. These pre-election activities have at several times been characterised by vile comments, politics of blame, heated debates, and allegations of political thuggery.

“Elections should and must be devoid of utterances which stir up hate and instigate violent acts, monetisation of the process but rather follow the rudiments of democracy, which is the rule of law and acknowledging the rights of every citizen.

“As such, we have continued in our engagements with the candidates and political parties, to reiterate and call on them to ensure they conduct themselves with civility and patriotism, adhering to due process and not self-help. We urge that contestants approach the elections in a true spirit of sportsmanship.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)–the elections ombudsman, security agencies and other government agencies that facilitate the conduct of the electoral process should do so with transparency, particularly because the entire nation and the world is watching.

“All contestants – irrespective of their political platform, should be treated with fairness and equity. We call on INEC and the security agencies to ensure inclusivity, facilitating an electoral exercise where the electorate are not disenfranchised because of gender, religious beliefs, ethnic affiliation, or disability.

“It is important that public trust in the process is continually built and reinforced through free, credible and transparent elections in the state. We particularly urge that appropriate procedures are implemented to ensure the unhealthy and seemingly pervasive practise of voter inducement, commonly called “vote-buying”.

“The law in all its capacity and requirements should be applied to those involved in such a criminal act, both the buyer and seller.

“Finally, we call on all other stakeholders in the traditional institutions, media, and civil society to be alert to their responsibilities as envoys of our democratic values which are the means to attaining good governance, resulting in our collective growth and development.

“We believe that at the end of the contest, when the results are announced, all stakeholders will participate in the responsibility of governance, because the values and goals of democratic governance are not a zero-sum game. By such actions, Osun State will witness peace and harmony, and the dividends of democracy,” the communique partly read.

General Abubakar on behalf of the NPC, announced that a peace accord will be signed by the various political parties and stakeholders on 13th July 2022, in Osogbo, Osun State.


NPC To Cover Over 7,000 Enumeration Areas In Trial Census

National Population Commission-NPC
A file photo of a National Population Commission office.


The National Population Commission, NPC, has concluded arrangements to conduct a trial census in 7,468 Enumeration Areas across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

According to the NPC’s Federal Commissioner, Bala Almu Banye, 13,500 field functionaries have been engaged to conduct the trial census in the enumeration areas scheduled to hold on June 30th, 2022.

Banye disclosed this on Wednesday at the Old Government House Banquet Hall in Katsina during the closing of the North-West Zonal training organised for principal trainers for the exercise.

He further assured Nigerians and the international communities of the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, reliable, and acceptable 2023 population and housing census.

The NPC commissioner said in total, 7,468 EAs have been selected for the trial census to test run their suitability and readiness for the actual census.

“The training of the principal trainers, who are mostly academics and NPC’s staff, was part of preparations for the 2023 population and housing census.

“NPC will use a total of 13,500 field functionaries comprising 11,510 enumerators, 1,529 supervisors, and 823 facilitators for the trial census.

“The quality of the personnel for the census has a great impact on its outcome. The need to properly train the facilitators who will in turn train the supervisors and the enumerators at the state level cannot be over-emphasized.”


Banye stated that participants at the workshop would re-evaluate the skills and practical demonstration of operations on the field for the next few days.

“This is with the overall effort to deliver a truly scientific trial census that can prepare the ground for a credible and acceptable exercise next year.

“The conduct of the zonal training workshop for facilitators is, therefore, our strategy for making sure that there is a solid base for the state-level training for the trial census,” he said.

Banye further explained that monitoring and evaluation instruments had been developed to ensure that the exercise focused on predetermined objectives and processes.

Such instruments, he explained, are to assess the extent to which objectives are being met or not, and whether the processes are adhered to or not.

Earlier in his welcome address, the State NPC’s Director in Katsina State, Alhaji Bala Idris Mairuwa, explained that 14 participants were selected from each of the seven states of Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, and Kaduna.

NPC Seeks Army’s Support To Deliver Credible Census


The  has sought the support of the Nigerian Army (NA)in conducting credible census in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Commission, Honorable Nasiru Isa Kwarra made the appeal today Tuesday 24 May 2022, when he led senior staff of the Commission on a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Stating the purpose of his visit, Honorable Kwarra said he was at the Army Headquarters as part of the Commission’s engagement of major stakeholders in the conduct of seamless census exercise and to create awareness on the forth coming National census slated for 2023.

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He noted that the Census will unearth the demographic data needed to address the security challenges bedeviling the nation. This, he said was in line with the vision of the Commission.

Honourable Kwarra stated further that the Commission aspires to meet the data needs of all end users and ensure a robust and quality population
for national transformation and global competitiveness.

He lauded troops of the NA for their effort in ongoing campaign against security challenges in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya in his response, noted that adequate census data was essential for planning socio economic development of the country.

He added that the NA will not hesitate in providing security for government agencies to enable them perform their national obligations.

Present at the event were Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters and Commissioners from the National Population Commission.

President Buhari Swears In ICPC, NPC Commissioners 

The new ICPC and NPC commissioners. [email protected]


President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in commissioners for the National Population Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The swearing-in took place shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.

The commissioners, who were confirmed by Senate last month are, Chief Benedict Ukpong Effiong (Akwa Ibom), Mrs. Gloria Fateya Izonfo (Bayelsa), Kupchi Patricia Ori Iyanya (Benue), Dr. Haliru Bala (Kebbi), and Dr. Eyitayo Oyekunle Oyetunji (Oyo) for the National Population Commission (NPC).

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Those for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission are Assistant Inspector General of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju (rtd) (Ekiti State), Senator Anthony Agbo (Ebonyi), Anne Otelafu Odey (Cross River), Alh. Goni Ali Gujba (Yobe), and Dr Louis Solomon Mandama (Adamawa).

Meanwhile, the President is chairing the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Physically present at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (rtd).

Some Ministers, who are physically attending the meeting, include the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige; Agriculture, Mahmood Mohammed; Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and the Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora.

Other ministers and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, are participating virtually from their respective offices in Abuja.

Press Bill: We Are Suspending The Process For More Consultation – Sponsor


Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Information National Orientation Ethics and Values, Segun Odebunmi, who is also the sponsor of the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Amendment Bill, has said that the House has agreed to suspend the bill.

Odebunmi who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday explained that the suspension is to allow for proper consultations over the bill.

“We have been on this process for a while and right now, we have suspended it for more consultation to happen on it,” he said.

The lawmaker had earlier faulted claims that the bill was targeted at gagging the media.

He rather maintained that it is aimed at removing identified hindrances to optimum performance.

The suspension comes after the bill was widely criticised by Nigerians, mostly media operators who believe it is aimed at stifling its operations.

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‘It’s about society’s rights’

Several newspapers in Nigeria on Monday published an advertorial against media regulation bills being considered at the National Assembly.

The advertorial, which appeared on the front pages of dailies such as Punch, Vanguard, The Nation, ThisDay, Guardian, Daily Sun, was sponsored by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria.

With a bold headline titled ‘Information Blackout’, the advertorial said the NPC and NBC (Media) Act amendment bills being considered by federal lawmakers was geared against the right of citizens information.

“It’s not just against the media,” the advertorial said. “It is about society’s right to know, your right to be heard.”

While the Federal Government already regulates broadcast media organisations through the NBC, it now seeks to extend regulations to online platforms.

In June, the government suspended the operations of social media giant, Twitter, over what it described as national security concerns.

Subsequently, all social media platforms were asked to register with the NBC, while all broadcast stations were ordered to stop using Twitter.

NPC Holds Peace Accord Ceremony Ahead Of Ondo Election


The National Peace Committee (NPC) is holding a peace accord ceremony ahead of the Ondo State governorship election.

In attendance at the ceremony are Chairman of the Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud; Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo; the APC Governorship Candidate and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; PDP Governorship Candidate, Eyitayo Jegede; DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye.

The election is expected to hold on October 10 and as seen in the case of the Edo election, parties are expected to sign a peace accord to assure the people of a free and fair exercise.


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Member of the committee, Bishop Mattew Kukah was the first to deliver his address.

Next was the INEC Chairman,

The DIG also addressed the audience.

Buhari Approves N10bn For Census Preparations

Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunju briefs reporters on the agency’s preparations for census on October 5, 2020.


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10 billion for the next phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise in the remaining 546 Local Government Area of the country.

This was disclosed on Monday by acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Eyitayo Oyetunji during a press conference in Abuja.

“I am however pleased to announce that His Excellency, Mr President has reaffirmed his commitment towards the successful completion of the EAD and indeed towards the conduct of the next census by approving the release of the total sum of N10 billion for the continuation of the EAD in the remaining 546 local governments in the country,” he said.

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He said President Buhari approved an additional N4.5 billion in the 2021 budget for the completion of the exercise, as part of the preparations for the next census.

According to Oyetunji, the exercise will outline areas in the local government areas into small geographical units called Enumeration Areas where the NPC will collate an accurate list of infrastructural facilities and households.

“The President has graciously followed this up by a further approval of an additional N4.5 billion to be included in the 2021 budget for the completion of the exercise as part of the preparations for the next census,” added.

Peace Committee Congratulates Obaseki, Edo People, Others


The National Peace Committee has congratulated Godwin Obaseki for his re-election as governor of Edo State.

In a statement on Sunday, the NPC Chairman General Abdulsalami Abubakar, (GCFR) also congratulated the people of the Edo, while commending then over the “peaceful conduct” of the election.

He urged the governor to “repay the good people of the state with all the ingredients of good governance, justice (and) equity” as he commences his next tenure.

The NPC chairman also congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and even Obaseki’s closest rival in the election and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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“I want to congratulate the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud (Yakubu) and his team, the Inspector General of Police, other security agencies, and civil society groups for doing such an excellent job and making great sacrifices. It is our prayer that every election will bring us closer to peace.

“I want to thank the Oba, His Royal Highness, Omonoba who teamed up with our committee to deploy his moral authority in the appeal for peace.

“Finally, our congratulations to the contestants, to Godwin Obaseki, the winner, Pastor (Osagie) Ize-Iyamu and others who sought the office of governor.

“Your Excellency, Governor, it is our prayer that you will repay the good people of Edo state with all the ingredients of good governance, justice (and) equity. Once again, accept our congratulations and may God guide you,” he said.

Two Kidnapped NPC Staff Regain Freedom In Taraba

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Two staff of the National Population Commission NPC kidnapped in Dan-Anacha village of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba have regained their freedom.

The duo identified as Gaddafi Shehu and Isah Zaradeen were kidnapped last Friday 10th January 2020.

Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Taraba State, Hon. Sanny Sale made this known at a news conference in Jalingo on Wednesday.

Sanny disclosed that the two staff were abducted at about 3:45pm last Friday while on the Commission’s routine Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise in preparation for the national census next year.

The federal commissioner who revealed that the two staff were released on Tuesday after concessions were made described the period of their captivity as barbaric for the staff, family and the commission.

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“The moment we were informed of their abduction through a phone call to this office by the kidnappers, we promptly contacted the relevant security agencies who mobilized to ensure their timely and safe release.

“We went into intense negotiation with the kidnappers for the safe release of our colleagues. I personally took charge of the discussions on Monday until they were released,” he said.

Sanny, though could not disclose the amount paid as ransom appreciated all security agencies in the State for their tremendous support in ensuring the release of the two staff of the Commission.

One of the victims, Mister Gadafi Shehu said they were abducted on Friday while carrying out their work in the area.

” Two men riding on a motorcycle accosted us and ordered us at gunpoint to climb the bike and whisked us away to an unknown destination ”

The Police public relations officer in the state David Misal who attended the press conference told journalists that security agencies were working hard to stop the menace of kidnapping and other crimes in the State.

According to him, the police kept track of the location of the calls from the kidnappers and sometimes the location will show Benue and sometimes Nasarawa State, just to divert the attention of security personnel in intelligence gathering.

Misal calls on motorists in the state to avoid night journeys as criminals terrorizing the State were operating mainly at night.

He adds that massive deployment of security operatives around the Dan-Anacha axis is yielding positive results and it will be sustained.

PHOTOS: Fire Guts National Productivity Centre Office In Abuja

Fire guts the office of the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital on March 27, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun


The Office of the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital was on Wednesday gutted by fire.

Speaking to Channels Television, the NPC Director-General, Kashim Akot, explained that the fire was caused by an electric surge in one of the sockets in the upper building of the office.

He, however, noted that although the fire ravaged some parts of the first floor of the building, no lives were lost.

According to him, so many important data were lost during the unfortunate incident.

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Rise Up To Defend Our Democracy, National Peace Committee Tells Nigerians


The National Peace Committee (NPC) has called on Nigerians to put the disappointment of the postponement of the general elections behind them and respond to the call to patriotism when the elections eventually hold.

It made a call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), and Convener, Bishop Mathew Kukah.

“We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledgling Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments,” the statement read in part.

“Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the setback, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfil your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.”

The postponement of the election by a week had attracted widespread criticism. But with so much blames already traded, the NPC believes the nation must show faith.

It said, “There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make.”

Also, the committee called on politicians to look beyond the struggle for power, show character and grace and work with the Independent National Electoral Commission “to inspire our people to new heights”.

“The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence,” the NPC said.

As for INEC, the National Peace Committee challenged it to work toward reclaiming its integrity.

To do that, the committee urged the electoral body to “patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination”.

“Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned,” it added.

Read the full statement below:


1: We have a common saying in Nigeria: God’s time is the best. However, in real life, certain experiences often tempt us to pause and ask whether this statement need to be edited. This is one of such moments.

However, we must remain hopeful because God is perfect and all knowing. We are humans, He is the God of history and all power belongs to Him alone. He will give to whom He wishes, how and when He wishes. We are merely instruments of His plans. It is against this background that we wish to appeal to our fellow citizens.

2: We recall that two days to the elections, specifically on February 13th, 2019, the President, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, other Presidential candidates of the different parties gathered at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, to sign a second Peace Accord. Distinguished members of the international community such as the Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt. Honourable Patricia Scotland, QC, four former African Heads of State (Festus Mogae (Malawi), Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Professor Amos Sawyer, (Liberia), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) some of our own distinguished citizens, such as General Yakubu Gowon, our former Head of State, distinguished Religious and Traditional rulers, members of the general public from all walks of life witnessed the event with joy and hope.

3: On Friday 15th, February, we all went to bed joyfully and anxiously looking forward to casting our votes for the next President of our country. However, nothing could have prepared anyone for the shock announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, barely six hours to the elections in the morning of February 16th. Although, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has already addressed the nation and the leaders of all the Political Parties, very little has happened to assuage the deep feeling of embarrassment, pain, and disappointment across the land. The impact of this decision has permeated every stratum of our lives and has the potential to dampen the confidence of our people in the political process. It has further deepened anxieties within the international community about our country.

4: There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make. We therefore make the following appeal to our people:

5: To all Nigerians:

We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledging Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments. Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the set back, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfill your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.

6: To the Political Class:

What we have before us is well beyond the struggle for power. Our predicament calls for character and grace. The Politicians must own this process by showing their readiness to collaborate with INEC and to inspire our people to new heights. The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence. Sadly, for us, politics of the last few years have further polarized our people along dangerous religious, regional, ethnic and party lines. We must aim at trying to avert this precipice and try to heal our nation.

7: To the Independent National Electoral Commission:

After trying to explain your situation, it is now important to focus on how best to reclaim your credibility and integrity. Patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination. Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned. Avoid panic measures, continue to communicate effectively with Nigerians and build up your confidence. Listen to the politicians but do not be distracted. Perhaps, just perhaps, your being accused by both sides might be your vindication. You might still be vindicated in the end. Focus on the big picture.

8: To our international Visitors and Observers:

We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to come to Nigeria to monitor our elections. We see your engagement with us not as an act of interference but as the extension of the hand of friendship and encouragement. With your co-operation and encouragement, we will deepen our political culture and turn Democracy into a tool for development and progress for our people. We know it is a long road and we are prepared to walk it to the end. We understand the emotional and financial strain that this has placed on you. We appeal to the relevant Agencies in our government to kindly facilitate the visa processes of our guests at no cost and with the least inconveniences.

9: A Prayer for Nigeria:

We thank God for the gift of this great country. We know that our selfishness and greed have delayed our march to greatness. We commit our country to you at this very delicate and difficult time. Take control of all the relevant agencies in this election and let your will be done. We know that you are a perfect God and that in the end, may your will be done. We commit the future into your hands. Save us from further violence and bloodshed. Forgive our many sins. We believe that your time is the best for us.

General Abdusalami A. Abubakar, GCFR,
Chairman, NPC

Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH
Convener, NPC

Fr. Atta Barkindo
Head of Secretariat
National Peace Committee, NPC
[email protected]