Religious leaders caution politicians o​ver divisive statements

As the 2015 general elections draw near, two religious leaders in Kano state have cautioned politicians over what “war-like remarks” which causes serious fears among Nigerians.

The clerics, the chief imam of Alfurqan Mosque, Basheer Omar, and the state Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, vice chairman, Isaac Bello, spoke during a security stakeholders meeting organized by the Kano Command of the Nigerian Police.

They pointed to situations where politicians speak of an imminent dissolution of the Nigerian state, calling such statements “disturbing.”

They asked politicians to stick to issues relating to their campaigns and shun thuggery and utterances that may lead to bloodshed.

The clerics also expressed their concerns over the possible movement of Nigerians from their states of residence to states of origin to vote. They asked that actions should be taken to prevent any possible danger.

They also commended the Nigerian security forces state of preparedness.

The State Police Commissioner, Adenrele Shinaba, said the police was fully prepared for the elections. He also warned politicians against inciting statements.

He said politicians, who indulge in acts capable of truncating the peace and stability in state, no matter how high and mighty, would be dealt with.

Following the result of the 2011 elections, there were riots in some Northern states, which was blamed on statements by the then All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who lost out to Goodluck Jonathan. Hundreds of Nigerians were killed including National Youth Service Corps members who were recruited to man polling units.

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