We’ll Hold Buhari to His Words On Cred­i­ble Elec­tions – Sul­tan

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Sul­tan of Sokoto and Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs (NSCIA), Al­haji Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that Nige­ri­ans should hold Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to his words for the con­duct of a free, cred­i­ble, vi­o­lence-free gen­eral elec­tions in 2019.

The Sul­tan said this yes­ter­day in Abuja at the 2018 se­cond an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of Nige­ria In­terReli­gious Coun­cil (NIREC), youths wing sum­mit.

The Sul­tan, who is also a co-chair of NIREC, said

the se­cond sum­mit came at the time Nige­ria had been politi­cised by the po­lit­i­cal class and that there was a need to sit as a fam­ily ir­re­spec­tive of re­li­gious lean­ings.

He said Nige­ri­ans should take a stand not to be used by politi­cians and other stake­hold­ers to cause vi­o­lence, es­pe­cially dur­ing the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions and be­yond.

On his part, the Pres­i­dent of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN) and Co-Chair of NIREC, Dr. Sam­son Ayokunle, said Nige­rian youths should work to­gether ir­re­spec­tive of dif­fer­ences in their doc­trines.

“We should use our dif­fer­ent re­li­gions to move the coun­try for­ward,” he said.

He urged the youths to em­u­late the part­ner­ship between the Nige­ria Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs and CAN.

De­liv­er­ing the keynote ad­dress at the sum­mit, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA), Maj.Gen Baba­gana Monguno, (rtd) rep­re­sented by BrigGen Em­manuel Ndagi, said se­cu­rity is a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity and that Nige­ri­ans should stay peace­ful at times.

He urged the youths to en­sure that Nige­ria achieves peace­ful elec­tions and that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari is com­mit­ted to en­sure free fair peace­ful and cred­i­ble elec­tions in 2019.

The United States of Amer­ica Am­bas­sador, rep­re­sented by the Deputy Chief of Mis­sion of em­bassy in Nige­ria, David Young, said the US is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to achieve cred­i­ble elec­tions in Nige­ria.

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