Amnesty International (AI) says Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful association before, during and after the elections.
In a statement on Wednesday, Osai Ojigho, director, AI Nigeria, said there have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months.
Ojigbo called on the government to address all the cases of election-related violence, else they undermine respect for human rights.
She also urged all the candidates and parties to desist from making inciting statements.
“The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa is deeply troubling and, if not urgently addressed, will undermine respect for human rights throughout the election period,” Ojigho said.
“Amnesty International has received reports of supporters of some politicians violently targeting political opponents, real or perceived. The authorities must stamp out any potential impunity by ensuring these incidents are investigated and that those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice.
“Authorities must put in place measures to ensure politicians and their supporters do not infringe on human rights. They must make clear that there is zero-tolerance for human rights violations and that anyone suspected of wrongdoing will be brought to justice.
“The authorities must fully investigate all allegations of incitement to violence and other human rights abuses before, during and after the elections and ensure that suspected perpetrators are brought to justice.”