Political Violence and the 2019 Elections By Munir Ishaq

After attending the three days Compulsory INEC adhoc staff training at
Kano, I returned to Kaduna late in the evening, after a brief rest, I
observed the gloomy nature of my brother, on inquiry, he revealed that
he lost a friend few days back, a victim of political violence, who
only came here for the sole purpose of completing his Qur’anic

It all started on Monday evening, there was a clash between some APC
and PDP youths on the Kaduna Bypass close to our area, the warring
groups engaged in a duel that lasted for some minutes, stabbing and
cutting each other, I remembered vividly the taxi I boarded that
evening to the garage narrowly escaped been battered by stones, it
also happened that this Guy was passing through the area, and was
butchered to death by the hoodlums.

Youths high on weed, who have succeeded in selling their souls to the
devil, and surrendered their lives to the whims and caprices of evil
politicians, their undiluted loyalty to their paymasters is
inspiringly horrifying, they’ve achieved undoubtedly the rank of
professors Emeriti in the art of violence, the best moments in their
lives are moments of chaos and instability, they see it as an
opportunity to display their monstrous prowess, the greatest hero
according to them, is the one with the greatest number of maims and
kills, their own lives means nothing to them talk less of the lives of
other individuals.

They are the source of the pains of many families, the cause of the
tears shed in various homes, the originators of the wailings of
countless mothers and the silent cries of many fathers, they are the
initiators of the weepings of numerous relatives over the lost of
closed ones. Calling them agents of destruction would amount to an
understatement, for they are destruction personified and disaster

Next week’s presidential election may plunge the North into an
unprecedented political debacle, the very foundation upon which the
North stands will be shaken, a contest between two Northerners of same
religion and same ethnicity, with hundreds and thousands of supporters
spread across the northern realm, whether or not the North shall
survive the cul-de-sac is known to none but the Almighty, even before
the elections, we’ve started witnessing clashes and lost of lives
among people who claim to share the same faith, language and
ethnicity, but for the sake of political differences.

Elections will come and pass, the losses incurred  remains permanent,
election periods ordinarily should not be a nightmare and source of
terror and fear, but with the overwhelming presence of the advocates
of terror, we can only hope that the Lord Almighty who saw us through
previous elections will see us through this one.

Ballots it is, and not Bullets.

Munir Ishaq Morality writes from faculty of law Bayero University
Kano. He can be reached via +2348147841027

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