The Chairman, Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC, Professor Mike Ajogwu has called for sober reflection as Christians mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
Professor Ajogwu made the call at an end of year party organised by the commission for staff and electoral officers from the 17 local government areas in the state.
The ENSIEC chairman advised Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by being tolerant and forgive one another.
“We are thanking God for keeping us through the year and ask him to sustain us through 2019”.
“Christmas is a time for reflection; time to think of what Christ did for mankind and in our own little way, check how much we can do for mankind by being good, tolerant and be your brothers’ keeper”.
While commending Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his commitment to improving the well being of the people, Prof Ajogwu charged staff of the commission to be dedicated to duty.
“ anybody living in Enugu state feels his goodness. He has done a lot by way of alleviating human suffering, providing security to the people and empowering the less privileged. In fact, he is a listening governor”.
On hate speech and campaign of calumny by politicians, Professor Ajogwu said, “hate speech is discriminatory in its own nature. A fact is not hate speech. What I consider hate speech is falsification of what did not happen”.
According to him, “hate speech should be defined as things manufactured to cause another man to hate the other person, not things that actually happened”.
In separate remarks, a commissioner in ENSIEC, Chris Ogbonna and the commission’s Administrative Secretary, Tagbo Nnamah said the annual end of year event is aimed at motivating staff of the commission to discharge their responsibility diligently.
While charging members of staff to work towards achieving the commission’s mandate, they said those who distinguish themselves in discharge of their duties will be rewarded.