Entertainers rally for peaceful elections, donate to IDPs

dancersA group of practitioners in the creative industry under the auspices of No Baga Group, a non partisan Civil Society Organisation have been campaigning for non-violence actions in Nigeria ahead of the rescheduled general elections.

The group which was unveiled on February 3rd, at a World Press Conference, which held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, was led by the convener, Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and actor, Kanayo. O. Kanayo.

The group urged all the political actors to know that there must be a country before any politician can actualize the ambition of occupying any political office at the Federal, State and Local Government Levels.

Setting the ball rolling was Kanayo .O.Kanayo who noted that he was a young boy when the Civil War broke in 1967 and he experienced the pain and anguish of war, adding that politicians across the political divide beating drums of war do not wish the country well. He urged them to see election as an integral part of democracy and popular choice not a do or die matter.

As part of the nationwide advocacy campaigns, the group including Patience Uzokwor, Nkem Owoh, Alex Osifo, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, and other notable actors have distributed over 1000 bags of 25kg rice and other essential commodities such as cloths, blankets, plates, among others to the camps of Internally Displace People in Abuja, Jos and in Kaduna.

Nigeria currently has over 3 million people in various IDP camps across the Northern parts. The #No Baga Movement has held public rallies in Abuja, Lagos, Jos and Zaria and also running social media campaigns preaching against hate speeches and violence in Nigeria.

In her speech, the Convener, Ms. Anyiam-Osigwe revealed that her motivation and that of the other members of the #NO BAGA group was the level of violence that is going on in the North East and how Boko Haram is daily killing Nigerians without other Nigerians, particularly Southerners showing concerns.