Polls: Be patriotic, neutral – Sultan advises Corps-members

Polls: Be patriotic, neutral – Sultan advises Corps-members

By Sulieman Nasiru

The sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has advised corps members participating in the conduct of the March 28 and April 11 election to resist any forms of material inducement that would compromise them. Even as he asked them to see themselves as patriotic and non-partisan agents of the electoral body.

The Sultan who gave the advised in his palace, when the Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, paid him an advocacy visit, in Sokoto.

The Sultan however asked that, corps members who would participate in the electoral process as ad hoc staff should be provided with adequate security by security agencies and members of the communities, even as he suggested compensation to any corper who suffered any damage during the polls.

The royal father also expressed confidence that traditional rulers would not be induced into supporting any party or candidates in the general elections, stressing that politicians trying to influence them using their children would not succeed.

Speaking further, he stressed that traditional rulers would remain neutral and unbiased. “We, traditional rulers, we are fathers to all. We don’t and we can’t belong to any political party. But you know politicians, as they are, they try to induce our children to persuade them to their sides but I think we should stand firm on our belief,” the sultan maintained.

He expressed concerned that politicians are taking the March 28 and April 11 elections as a do-or-die affair, forgetting to discuss the future of this country after the election, and this has accounted for the unnecessary tension created in the country.

He stated that their peace committee, would soon meet with the major contenders to ensure that they uphold the Abuja Peace Accord, and urged security agencies to give adequate protection to all and sundry.

Speaking earlier, the NYSC D-G warned corps-members participating in the election, stressing that any corps-member found wanting during the polls would be made to face the consequence of his own sins.

The NYSC D-G said they were meeting prominent Nigerians to appeal to politicians to renounce violence, adding that parents of the corps members have begun to express fear and apprehension over the safety of their children.

The NYSC DG took his advocacy visit to, the Army Commander in Sokoto, the Sokoto police command and other relevant agencies in the state.

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