The National Coordinator of Peace in Campus Initiatives for Child Education against Cultism (PCI/ICEAC) in Nigeria, Comrade Oliver Cromwell, has blamed politicians for being the brain behind violence during elections.
Cromwell urged politicians to see youths as their children and to encourage them to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and not guns. He made this statement on Sunday at the Akwa Ibom state Polytechnic, Ikot Osura.
He explained that PCI/ICEAC is committed to maintaining peace in the Nigerian post-primary and tertiary institutions and to check cult activities and examination malpractices.
“Before our organization entered Akwa Poly in 2003, the institution was closed down because of incessant cult wars which resulted in numerous deaths of students but today there is relatively peace. We have also replicated this in other higher institutions in the state with positive results’’, he stated.
The Peace in Campus co-coordinator warned students against allowing themselves to be used as thugs before, during and after elections as no politician would allow his or her wards to do so.
Cornwell commended the former Governor of the state, Obong Victor Atta, for adopting the initiative as a state government policy, Governor Akapabio for his support and the Rector of Akwapoly, Barr Israel Affia, for providing the enabling environment for teaching and learning, making the polytechnic currently one of the best in the country.