From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
An Islamic group in Bauchi State, 995 Dass Muslim Volunteers Mobilizers’ has sensitized electorates on the need to vote for trustworthy candidates that will bring development to the area ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Leader of the group, Sheikh Hamza Dass, and other Islamic Scholars, gave the advice at a one day workshop on the 2019 elections tagged: Understanding Politics the Islamic Way, held in Dass local government area of the State, where they advised youths to shun violence, thuggery and bigotry throughout the election period.
Delivering a lecture during the event, an Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Isah Jajah, said voters should not allow politicians to instigate them to kill, maim others or vote on religious or ethnic grounds.
Sheikh Ahmad said Nigeria, Bauchi state and Dass local government have people of different religions and tribes, urging electorates to vote candidates only on merit.
“People should be wise and should not be misled by politicians who may use religion to campaign before the election and later betray the trust reposed in them. No religion can rule alone permanently in Nigeria because the country comprises both Muslims and Christians. People should vote only those who will ensure justice and fairness to all and sundry irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political parties “, he advised.
The Secretary General of the group, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, explained that the organization was formed with the objective of enlightening people of the local government on governance and election issues.
He said members of the group who were drawn from all wards in the area and several parties will embark on spirited campaigns on the need for the people to vote credible leaders and shun violence in the upcoming polls.
In their separate remarks, Ustaz Abdurrahman Adamu and Alhaji Usman Dankaden Dass, urged the electorates to make the best use of their Permanent Voters Card and elect credible and just leaders who has the interest of his people at heart.