The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has advised corps members participating in the conduct of the March 28 and April 11 election to resist any forms of material inducement that would compromise them, even as he asked them to be patriotic and non-partisan agents of the electoral body.
The Sultan gave the advice in his palace, when the Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, paid him an advocacy visit, last weekend, in Sokoto.
The Sultan, however, asked that, corps members who would participate in the electoral process as adhoc staff, should be provided with adequate security by the security agencies and members of the communities, even as he suggested compensation to any corper who suffered damage during the polls.
The royal father also expressed confidence that traditional rulers would not be induced into supporting any party or candidates in the general election, stressing that politicians trying to influence them would not succeed.
Speaking further, he stressed that traditional rulers would remain neutral and unbiased. “We, traditional rulers, we are fathers to all. We don’t and we can’t belong to any political party. But you know politicians, they try to induce our children to persuade them to their sides, but I think we should stand firm on our belief,” the sultan maintained.
He expressed concern that politicians were taking the March 28 and April 11 elections as a do-or-die affair, forgetting to discuss the future of this country after the election, while noting that this has accounted for the unnecessary tension growing now in the country.
He stated that their peace committee, would soon meet with the major contenders to ensure that they uphold the Abuja Peace Accord, and urged security agencies to give adequate protection to all and sundry.
Speaking earlier, Brig. Gen Olawunmi, warned corps-members participating in the election saying that any member found wanting during the polls would be made to face the consequence of his own sins.
The NYSC D-G said they were meeting prominent Nigerians to appeal to politicians, to renounce violence, adding that parents of the corps members have begun to express fear and apprehension over the safety of their children.
He, however, took his advocacy visit to, the Army Commander in Sokoto, the Sokoto Police Command and other relevant agencies in the state.