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Published On: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Sultan, Akanbi, others charge politicians on orderliness in February polls

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SultanBy Ese Awhotu & Raji Bello, Sokoto

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Former President Court of Appeal and former Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi Rtd along with the ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Abdukraman Dambazau and former Minister of Education, Solid Minerals and Vice President of the World Bank, African region collectively pressed on politicians and Nigerians to be winners during the February election by being orderly and shunning violence.

All personalities spoke at the 12th Daily Trust dialogue held yesterday in Abuja.

The Sultan, who was represented by the Etsu Nupe, stated that it is the collective responsibility of Nigerians to keep the nation free from breaches of peace.

He noted that, “politicians always look forward to the next election but we look forward to the next generation, far beyond the next election”

He charged the federal government to stick to agreed rules and procedures.

The Sultan who also spoke in Sokoto urged political leaders not to do anything that would lead to chaos and anarchy in the country.

He also stressed the need for political leaders to fear God and desist from playing God because of their quest for political power.

Sultan spoke on Thursday, when the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) paid him homage in his palace in Sokoto, as part of his national wide campaign tour.

The monarch who had earlier gave a similar plea when received the PDP presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.

He cautioned politicians over the use of religion and ethnicity by politicians at campaign rallies rather than issue based approach.

“There must be a country first before a leader and political leaders should not do anything that will jeopardize the peace, security and stability of this country because of personal ambition.

Speaking Rtd Justice Akanbi noted that there have been threats and counter threats and the environment surrounding the February polls is thickening,

He expressed fears that the pending election will either make or mar Nigeria; He however urged politicians and Nigeria to be peaceful saying that, “God will give us the caliber of people that will care for society”

On his part the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Dambazau (rtd) called on INEC to create a level playing ground for all players in the forth coming polls and remain an unbiased umpire.

He noted that though the INEC will be conducting the election under very challenging circumstances but that is not enough for politicians not to ensure peaceful conduct.

The ex World Bank boss, Oby Ezekwesili also joined them in calling for a free and fair election citing several examples from the United States.

 

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