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Rev. Joseph Hayab reminds FG of “free and fair elections”

The Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, GPFN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has enjoined Nigerians to join hands to halt electoral violence in the 2023 elections in whatever form it appears.

He lamented that the record of attacks on security and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, facilities in some parts of the country is a manifestation of election-related violence, saying that it appears to be on the path to overtaking the heights electoral violence has reached and needs to be stopped.

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Speaking at the formal inauguration of Kaduna State and mediation working committee in Kaduna on Thursday, the Country Director said, “Without being pessimistic, the record of cases of attacks on security and INEC facilities in some parts of the country, a manifestation of election-related violence, appears to be on the path to overtaking the heights electoral violence has reached and needs to be stopped. It is, therefore, rational that we join hands with intensive efforts to halt electoral violence in the 2023 elections in whatever form it appears.”

He added that it needs to be emphasized that while the long-awaited 2023 general election is here, what is essential is for Nigerians to swing into action towards ensuring all forms of electoral violence are mitigated in Kaduna State and beyond.

Sadly, he opined that electoral violence, as records have shown, has increased in Nigeria, with twice as many elections-related fatalities in 2022 compared to 2019.

According to him, the onerous task ahead is to work to safeguard a violence-free election and mitigate triggers to electoral violence in Kaduna State, given the sad history of massive losses associated with election violence.

Hayab enjoined the members of the committee to see their inauguration as an opportunity to serve on the Kaduna State Peace and Mediation Committee, KSPMC, which requires a high level of commitment and sacrifice.

He noted that electoral violence is an issue of grave concern to every well-meaning and peace-loving Nigerian because, as seen over the years, it is potent with colossal impact with a high propensity to take diverse forms, spread and escalate beyond politics.

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He explained that it is known to deepen ethnic, religious and regional grievances, thereby setting the stage for more conflict if not allayed. He added that it was why they must not relent in their efforts to stop violence associated with elections.

Hayab stated that Kaduna has recorded violence associated with elections recently but has a high potential for mass mobilization, as reported by INEC.

He expressed delight that there is an increase in voter registration indicative of growing interest in electoral participation, particularly by the young, who are regrettably the chief weapons often engaged in committing electoral violence.


Xmas 22: Rev Hayab celebrates with Nigerians.


The Kaduna State chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on Nigerians to have a deeper reflection on Christmas, the birth of Christ, as the ultimate gift ever given in the existence of the world for its salvation. (Watch Video Here)

In a Christmas message to Nigerians, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, said, “It is a symbolic gift that aims at exemplifying to us believers the importance of giving and the fact that (Watch Video Here) there is absolutely no limit or boundaries to giving.”

He said the major theme of Christmas is selfless giving, which is why Christ was given and enjoined Nigerians to make selfless giving for the entire country’s development. (Watch Video Here)

He added that Nigeria at the moment needed the Christ-like sacrifice for every Nigerian for the best to come of the country and for it to compete favourably with other countries, saying that the country has all that is needed to be the pacesetter in every sphere of life. (Watch Video Here)

Rev. Hayab, who is the Country Director, of Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, further explained that Christ was gifted effortlessly to the womb that conceived him, adding that (Watch Video Here) when he came, he was birthed in an inn that was not paid for, freely did the wise men from the East embark on the journey to the place of the blessed birth, for nothing but to give him gifts, royal, priestly and prophetic gifts. “Nigerians should also learn to give from their hearts to make Nigeria a better place for humanity to live in and its overall development,” he added. (Watch Video Here)

He explained, “Even during His ministry, He feed people from bread and fish gotten freely, and he ended his life as a free gift for the salvation of mankind. Indeed it will not be far fetched to say, “giving is the reason for the season, pointing out, “Our nation Nigeria today is dealing with the toughest of all times, things seem to be moving in regression, we do not seem to be growing as a nation, daily people die out of starvation, ill-health, poverty to mention but these. The fact is that our nation Nigeria is in dare need of kind hearted citizens who are willing to give there all for the survival of the nation and people.”

According to him, there is no better time when this nation ever needed the show of kindness than this material time, saying that as Christ selflessly gave himself, so also Nigerians are called to selfless sacrifice to those in need of unity, peace and development of the country, believing that it is the only way the country will overcome every challenge it is going through at the moment.

Hayab noted that as leaders during this season, Nigerians must continually teach their people the importance of giving not only within this season but as long as they live on earth, saying that the act of giving is not only for the old or young, rich or poor, mighty or lowly, no, as long as people are alive, they have what someone needs to gain hope again as someone needs a meal, a kind word, a hug, a smile, a little amount of money to have hope in life again.

This season, according to him, calls on Nigerians to attend to the needs of others.

“We are not blessed by the amount that we give; we are blessed by the quality of our gift, a gift should be given in love with the sole purpose of meeting the needs of others. This is an attitude parents should teach there children from their childhood; as scripture says, when we train a child, he will grow and not depart from the right path. This is a call to action not words, parents should provide for their children and guide them to picking what have been provided for them to give other people around them that are in need,” he added.

Rev. Hayab explained that there are many children out there that need just the fragments of the old tattered toy that children of the rich no longer need; some need those clothes that some children can no longer wear; parents should be seen at the season, and beyond guiding their children to picking these things and gifting other children within their reach, churches, societies, associations and individuals should be seen at this season meeting the needs of others, true love should be seen around, kindness should be felt in each street, neighbourhood, village, town, city, and anywhere souls breathe.

He called on Nigerians that as they celebrate the season, may heavens be kind to them, may God protect Nigerians all and may he grant them the grace to be able to live up to their expectations in this season that, in the end, the name of the Lord alone will be glorified, stressing that Nigerians should not forget not to let this season pass by without them giving something to someone in need and make Christ always live in them by keeping the virtue of giving even after the yuletide season.