Sunday, 4 January 2015

Vote Safely

We are in the season of elections in Nigeria and the long awaited 2015 is now here...with anxieties and fears of unknown! There are several reasons to be weary at this time, especially because of what has characterised election years in the history of Nigeria.

Under this discussion, I am focusing strictly on the safety of lives and properties of the voters and the general citizens of Nigeria.

Voting is a fundamental and civic right and we have all been encouraged by various agencies to exercise this right and make our votes count. However, while doing this, we should also be very careful to avoid risks that may come with this exercise. While we are hoping and trusting that the security agencies will ensure that voters are protected from harassment, abuse and violence; it is also a personal safety sense to assess the risks of your polling booth and the surrounding and put in place adequate control measures to reduce the risk and/or mitigate the effects of the risks.

We owe ourselves duties to stay alive and enjoy the opportunities of the new year, 2015. Remember, life is precious and irrespective of the conditions you may think exist around you now, once there is life, there is HOPE!

So Vote Safe, Live Safe and Work Safe!!!

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