As the campaign train of President Goodluck Jonathan berths in troubled Maiduguri, Borno State this Saturday, the state’s governor, Kashim Shettima on Friday made a strong appeal to his supporters and all citizens of the state not to show any form of disrespect to Jonathan and his entourage during the visit.
Shettima made the call for Jonathan to be accorded due respect in a statement issued by his media aide, Mallam Isa Gusau.
The governor said the call became necessary because of recent incidents in Bauchi and Katsina States where irate youths went wild against the President's convoy.
He described the act as disrespectful, show of intolerance and extremely bad politics.
"From what I have read or heard in the media, so far, there has not been any issue of such in any APC-controlled State visited by the President and Borno should not be an exception. We have political differences and our differences are legitimate and based on the principles of our political parties and what we stand for.
"But we must remember that His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as citizens of this country, we have an obligation to respect his office and his person.
"Our millions of citizens who support the APC in Borno State and our Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and anyone that supports me or any of our National and State Assembly candidates in the State should shun any act of violence, intolerance and unlawful political behaviour before, during and after the President's visit and should remain law abiding citizens of Borno State as our laws, norms and values demand," added Shettima.
Also on Friday, the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil described the attack on Jonathan’s convoy as misguided and misconceived.
The minister who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri said Nigerians should have outgrown such politics 16 years after returning to democratic governance, advising opposition to be civilised in politicking and adhere to the rules of the game.
He added that President Goodluck Jonathan had done well to merit re-election and the people of the North in particular and all Nigerians should not be brainwashed to think otherwise.