Chairman, Ansar-Ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN), Northern States council, Dr. Bashir Adeniyi Omipidan has called on law enforcement agencies in the country to make sure that politicians who fail to play by the rules during the 2015 general elections are sent to jail to serve as deterrence to others.
Addressing the press yesterday in Zaria as part of preparation for the association’s annual conference coming up this weekend, Dr. Omipidan noted that if politicians don’t play the political game according to the rule, it may cause the repeat of 2011 post elections violence.
He said, “As we approach the 2015 General Election, ADYAN is appealing to all concerned; politicians; Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC]; Ad-Hoc staff and voters to kindly play the game according to rules so that we can choose leaders of our choice.
“Any politician who fail to play according to the rule should be made to face the music, the electoral law must take its cause, no defaulting politician should be allowed to go scot-free.
“Youth, on the other hand should never allow themselves to be used because the future of this great country lies in our hands. We must ensure that 2015 was a clear departure from 2011, where violence erupted in some parts of the country, after the Presidential election. Voters are advised to vote and defend their vote so as to allow their votes to count.
“The association being a youth organization is seriously concerned about the security situation of our dear country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency. We commiserate with families and relatives of all that have died since the incident began.
“More worrisome is the Chibok girls who are still held captive. We appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action at ensuring that these girls reunite once again with their families. We commend the courage of the Nigerian Military and the local hunters and urge them not to relent in their effort at protecting the people.
“We equally call on the Federal Government and states concerned to ensure that displaced persons are not only well catered for, but are given the opportunity to participate in the 2015 general election, irrespective of their locations.
“The association equally welcomes the 20th of October declaration of the World Health Organization that Nigeria is Ebola Free” he said.