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Published On: Fri, Jan 30th, 2015

Don’t mix religion with politics, Niger monarch urges politicians

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By Usman Shuaibu

The village head of Rafinsenyi in Suleja Local Government area of Niger state, Chief Zakari Madaki, has called on the politicians who are contesting for the political positions not to put to the front burner the issue of religion in the forthcoming general elections in the state.

Madaki, who made the call in an interview with peoples Daily yesterday in Rafinsenyi, also urged the politicians against using abusive and foul language during their electioneering campaigns.

He said that politics of religion and ethnicity would not augur well for the country’s democracy, calling on the politicians to always focus on the issue based campaigns.

He appealed to the entire youths of the state against being used by so-called politicians to ferment trouble during and after the election, while advising them to shun all forms of social vices during the elections.

He urged traditional rulers in the state to mobilize their subjects to come out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice.

While commenting on the state of basic amenities in Rafinsenyi, Madaki said that anybody who emerged as the Governor of Niger state and Chairman of Suleja Local Government to deem it necessary to focus on the provision of basic necessities of life such as transformers, potable drinking water as well as construction of roads in order to boost socio-economic growth of the area.


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