The Chairman of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged politicians to stop to respect one another and stop seeing election as a do-or-die affair, but an avenue to better the lot of the people.
Speaking at a meeting of the traditional rulers which held on Wednesday at the Lugard Hall, Kaduna, the Sultan said the traditional institution in the North was concerned about bitter political rivalry and the do-or-die attitude among politicians.
He urged politicians to shun acts that would throw the country into chaos, by playing politics according to the rules.
“We are against what is happening in the north, especially in north east. So we will not keep quite because there are a lot of wrongs happening in the polity. People always talk about election but I never heard them talking about what happened before, after and during election.
“As traditional leaders we must ensure a free and fair election. We don’t care about the outcome all we are interested in is free, fair and violence free elections,” he said.
Also addressing the meeting, the Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Muktar Yero, who was represented by his deputy, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, tasked the traditional rulers to work with relevant stakeholders to facilitate a credible, free and fair elections.
“You must strive to promote the values of equity and justice in other to have peace and good governance in our country. We must never give up until we restore our region and the country to the statues of the glorious past,” the governor said.