- General Abdulsalami Abubakar has urged politicians to “jealously guard the peace of the country,” ahead of the 2019 elections
- He urged them to focus on issue-based campaigns and avoid hate speech during electioneering
- According to the ex head of state, politicians and their political parties hold the key to the creation of an environment that could foster free, fair and credible elections
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria’s former head of state, has urged politicians to “jealously guard the peace of the country.”
Abubakar made the call on Thursday, December 6, while speaking at a book launch in memory of a former governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the ex-head of state said politicians and their parties hold the key to peace in the nation. He urged them to focus on issue-based campaigns and avoid hate speech during electioneering.
He said: “Allow me to draw our attention to the approaching 2019 general elections. May I urge all of us, especially the politicians, to continue to jealously guard the peace of our dear country.
“I urged us to refrain from political campaigns laced with religious or ethnic peculiarities and concentrate on issue-based campaigns.
“Politicians and their political parties hold the key to the creation of an environment that could foster free, fair and credible elections.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the national peace committee headed by Abdulsalami Abubakar asked candidates and political parties in the country to ensure a peaceful general election in 2019, through their conducts, while the exercise lasts.
Abubakar, whose committee presented a draft copy of the 2018 peace accord to political parties and their presidential candidates in Abuja, lamented that some politicians are currently parading themselves in ways that threaten peaceful elections in 2019.
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