Red Cross Launches Safety Programme For Voters Preparing To Go To The Polls Next Month

👤 By Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News

Many voters will go to the poll to decide whether to keep President Muhammadu Buhari in office or elect a new Commander-in-Chief, on the 16th of next month.

But, in Nigeria action such as voting attracts bloodshed and extreme violence.

In 2011 alone, up to 800 people were recorded to have died in an election where President Buhari, the then candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, failed to defeat Goodluck Jonathan.

The violence at the time spread quickly from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, to Zamfara.

Likewise, in 2015, when President Buhari went on to defeat the incumbent President – the first time this happened in the West African country, many people expected an eruption of violence from the people in the South South.

In 2019, as Nigerians go to the polls again to vote, an apprehension about the election has started, especially after the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen was unconstitutionally removed.

Some believe the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, a southerner, who was suspended 23 days before the Presidential election, was to pave way for Justice Tanko Mohammed, a northerner who is more likely to favour President Buhari, should he need to appeal his case at the Supreme Court.

The peace of the nation could be threatened should this happen, which is why the Nigeria Red Cross has organised a two days training workshop in Kaduna, to raise awareness on how to keep safe during the election period.

In a programme titled Emergency and First Aid Training, EFAT, the national organisation involved in distributing humanitarian aid across the world, were able to train volunteers on how what to do deal with crisis that may erupt before, during and after the election.

They did this through a presentation from representatives from the organisation who came from the Headquarters in Abuja.

Adelina Simon, one of the representatives from Abuja presented a paper on safety and security rules.

More was also said on how to respond to disaster and management of blood loss.

A participant from Kaduna North who attended the programme at place at the Federal Training Center, Malali Kaduna told DENISAURUS News, it was a success.

Other participants were selected from Kaduna South.


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