Youths protest in Benin over INEC’s Refusal to Release Election Materials

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A group of Nigerian youths under the umbrella of Save Nigeria Youth Movement staged a peaceful protest on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Benin City over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) refusal to release electoral materials used in the February 25th presidential and national assembly elections, as ordered by the court.

Youths protest in Benin over INEC's Refusal to Release Election Materials
Youths protest in Benin over INEC’s Refusal to Release Election Materials

According to the leader of the group, Pastor Ogbe, who made the information and purpose of the protest known to the Standard Gazette, the protest is not politically motivated but aimed at saving Nigeria’s image from international shame, securing a better future for the country’s children and contributing to making Nigeria work again.

The protest took place at the Benin museum, where the group of youths converged to demand the release of the electoral materials. This comes after a similar protest held by the group on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the airport gate in Benin City.

The Save Nigeria Youth Movement has been persistent in their demand for the release of the electoral materials used in the February 25th presidential and national assembly elections, which they believe will reveal irregularities in the polls. The group believes that the refusal of INEC to release the electoral materials is an attempt to cover up the irregularities in the elections.

The youth group’s peaceful protest was well-coordinated, with members carrying placards with inscriptions such as “INEC Release the Materials”, “We Want Free and Fair Elections”, and “Save Nigeria’s future.”

The youths were also chanting slogans and singing songs, urging INEC to release the electoral materials. The protesters, who were mostly dressed in black, were peaceful and orderly. They marched through the streets of Benin City, causing no disruption of commercial or social activities.

Youths protest in Benin over INEC's Refusal to Release Election Materials
Save Nigeria Youth

Speaking to journalists, some of the protesters expressed their displeasure with INEC’s refusal to release the electoral materials, stating that it was a violation of the court order and a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

“We are here to demand justice for Nigeria. INEC’s refusal to release the electoral materials is a threat to our democracy, and we will not stand for it,” one of the protesters said.

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