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NIGERIA: Ensure the Road to 2015 is Not Stained with Blood, Sultan Tells Mu’azu

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Wednesday called on the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji  Adamu Mu’azu, to do whatever it takes to bring stability to the polity, by ensuring that the road to 2015 elections is not stained with the blood of innocent citizens.
He also cautioned politicians in the country and those in the Diaspora, who preach politics of hatred, to desist forthwith in the interest of peace.
The monarch made the plea yesterday, when the PDP national chairman paid him homage in his palace in Sokoto.
He noted with dismay the politics of acrimony and mudslinging in the polity, saying the PDP national chairman has the onerous task of stabilising politics not only in the PDP but in Nigeria as a whole.
The Sultan advised the PDP national chairman to do whatever it takes to ensure that the blood of innocent citizens were not spilled so that whoever emerges as the president, would be acceptable to all Nigerians and the world.
“As the national chairman of the ruling party, you have to do whatever it takes to ensure that the road to 2015 is not stained with the blood of innocent people. It must be clean and clear so that whoever emerges as the president, everybody across the world will know that Nigerians have elected who they want to be their leader.
“Do whatever it takes to reach out to everybody in your party and the other parties. You have a lot of job on your hands. There is need for you to stabilise politics not only in PDP but in the country because with the way things are going on there is so much acrimony and mudslinging.
“There are so many things that people say and do in the nation’s politics contrary to what obtains in other parts of the world and that is why you need to bring in your experience and expertise. So, you have to do whatever it takes to bring stability in our politics, “the monarch said.
The Sultan stated that Nigeria needs stability not only in the PDP, but the entire country, adding that peace would not achieved by threats and violence.
He urged politicians in the country to refrain from preaching messages of hatred, saying such utterances instigate violence which affects everybody.
“Violence always begets violence and there is no where in the world where violence will bring peace. None of us is happy with what is happening in Iraq after United States invasion, none of us is happy with what is happening in Syria where over 130,000 people have been killed. So, politicians who preach politics of hatred should stop immediately.
“That is why as traditional leaders, we will always continue to preach peace. We want a clear level-playing field for everybody to exercise his right and when we go into elections, people should be allowed to decide who they want to lead them,” he advised.
He stressed the need for the Muslims and Christians to live according to the dictates of their religions, adding, “all the major religions have taught us to be honest and transparent, as being good to our neighbours”.
The Sultan expressed hope that Mu’azu was capable of providing good leadership to the party due to his wealth of experience.
Earlier, the PDP national chairman, told the monarch that his visit to the palace was to pay homage and commended him for his efforts in the prevalence of peace and unity in the country.
He asserted that the PDP is a national party which conducts its activities devoid of religious and ethnic colouration.

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