The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, on Sunday called on the major players in the coming elections to guard against actions and utterances that may trigger violence.
The foremost Islamic group in Northern Nigeria, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, also called on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to do its duty with faith and sincerity to God and to the country by demonstrating real commitment to free, fair and credible elections.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the Secretary General of organisation, Khalid Aliyu, urged contesters, to as matter of faith, personal reputation and statesmanship respect the Abuja Peace Accord, and play politics with maturity.
The Abuja Peace Accord was signed by the presidential candidates for the February 14 election.
Mr. Aliyu said in any election, there must be winners and losers. He added that Nigeria would only get it right when elections were seen to be transparent and credible in conduct and losers consequently accept defeat in good fate.
“It is our firm belief that doing everything possible to forestall violence and save lives and property in the forthcoming elections is our collective obligation that we all have to discharge and we must therefore, stand up to do it faithfully and devoutly,” he said.
“Against the backdrop of political happenings, the JNI feels obliged to comment at the present time with a view to calling on not only Muslims but the entire citizens of our great country, to demonstrate real and genuine sense of patriotism, responsibility, tolerance and commitment to peace and stability in Nigeria, before, during and after the forthcoming elections,” he stated.