Igbo leaders, traditional titled holders and other stakeholders from the four South – Eastern states in Nasarawa State have called for free, fair, transparent and credible elections in 2019. The elders made the call when they converged in Karu, Nasarawa State to celebrate the 2018 new yam festival. They also stressed the need to strengthen the security apparatus, ensure peace through cultural rebirth and collaborations among the different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
His Royal Majesty, Igwe Ochendo Ogidi- Igbo, Eze Igbo 1 of Ado Kingdom and the Wakili of Ado in Nasarawa State, however called for the peaceful conduct of next year’s elections is to avoid the repeat of the heightened tension that characterised the 2015 general elections. He noted that encouraging cultural collaboration would not only bring together Nigerians of diverse cultures and traditions, but would enhanced integration among the people. The elders cautioned politicians who are in the habit of sounding drums of hatred among Nigerians to refrain from that as the nation prepares to go into a very crucial era of general elections.