Elections: Stop sponsoring campaign of columny – Sultan

Elections: Stop sponsoring campaign of columny – Sultan

By Alex Uangbaoje

Chairman Northern Traditional Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll yesterday warned politicians in the country to stop sponsoring campaign of columny against themselves ahead of March 28 election in the country.

He said as humans beings they should respect each other and should not always see election as a do-or-die affairs.

The sultan who was speaking during an emergency meeting of the traditional rulers council in the region held in Kaduna, says as leaders of the people they will always tell the politicians the bitter truth.

He explained that campaign of columny which has became the order of the day among politicians will not augur well to the country and to the politicians themselves.

The sultan also charged the traditional rulers and politicians to always put the interest of the nation above their personal interests.

” We must always work for peace and stability of the country. we must also stop campaign of columny against each other because it will not augur well for all of us and the unity of Nigeria. As traditional leaders we must always tell our politicians the truth.

” We will not keep quite about what is happining in the country. We must speak for the peace of north, we must speak for peace of Nigeria and we must speak for the unity of Nigeria.

” We are against what is happening in the north, especially in north east. So we will not keep quite because there are lot of wrongs happening in the polity. People always talk about election but I never heard them talking about what happened before, after and during election,” he said.

He said people should be allowed to choice the political party of their choice, saying politics is alll about interests.

The sultan also reminded the traditional leaders of their role to douse tension during the elections as he called on them to advice parents to call their children to order.

” As traditional leaders we must ensure a free, fair and violence election. We don’t care about the outcome all we are interested in is free, fair and violence free elections,” he said.

Sultan also reminded all northern traditional rulers to always see themselves as one irrespective of their tribes and religion.

In his remarks, the state governor Muktar Ramalan Yero represented by his Deputy Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga urged the emirs to work with relevant stakeholders to facilitate free and fair elections.

” You most strive to promote the values of equity and justice in other to have peace and good governance in our Country. We must never give up until we restore our region and the country to the statues of the glorious past.

“Your overwhelming commitments towards ensuring success of such meeting demonstrates your resolve towards uniting and building the society so as to enable every stakeholder contribute his or her quota to the upliftment of our common goals and aspirations,” he said.

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