The Sultan of Sokoto and president general, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday, appealed to politicians to ensure that the forth-coming general election is peaceful.
Sultan, who spoke in Sokoto at the official launching of a book, “Election Coverage, A Journalists Guide” also admonished journalists to uphold the tenets of their profession.
Represented by the district head of Durubawa, Sarkin Gabas, Alhaji Muhammed Yakubu, Sultan further advised journalists to be objective in their reportage because they mirror the society and as such are considered to be having high influence on the subconscious mind of the people.
The traditional cum religious leader also assured that they would continue to preach peace at all times, adding that, only peace can guarantee development.
Speaking earlier, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Manir Dan’Iya, decried the extent of hate speeches across divides in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Tambuwal, who wondered if Nigerians have learnt anything from the mistakes of 2015 general elections, asked politicians to concentrate on issues rather than attacks on personalities.
“2019 general elections will come and go but the question we should be honest enough to ask is, will Nigeria come out as a nation infected with hatred and distrust?
“Hate speech allowed prior to 2015 general election got to its zenith during the campaigns. And even today, politicians are still promoting hate speech all over the zones”.