As acts of politicking thicken in parts of Niger State even though the Independent National Electoral Commission is yet to signal the commencement of electioneering campaigns by political parties and politicians, Chairman of Niger State council of traditional rulers and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has warned against willful by politicians acts that could lead to breach of peace and orderliness across the state.
The Etsu Nupe spoke against the backdrop of willful damage of political posters and billboards of opponents by persons believed to be sponsored by rival parties.
Various sizes, colours and shapes of electioneering campaign posters and billboards litter around in streets and other places in Bida as they are in other places as well.
Speaking to his subjects shortly after the Eid prayers at the Bida Eid prayer ground, Etsu Nupe noted that politicians must guard against acts that were inimical to peaceful coexistence even as he harped on tolerance and respect for one another.
He advised politicians to stop the use of intemperate languages and all acts of disorderliness. He pleaded that citizens and particularly politicians must play the game of politics by the rules so as not to jeopardize the collective existence of all.
He therefore charged politicians to call their members, particularly youth vanguards against destroying the campaign posters and billboards belonging to rival political parties and aspirants.
The traditional ruler sued for peace, understanding and patience insisting that politics was not a do or die affair.
He said provocative utterances and offensive willful acts were capable of causing disaffection and breach of the existing peace in the state and retrogression to the state.
In Bida, this year’s Eid el Kabir celebrations were peaceful and Muslim worshipers in the town were all in festive mood even as the weather remained clement for most of the day.
The chief Imam of Bida, Shiek Adamu Ya Katun admonished Muslims against avarice and excessive materialism.