A former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has cautioned politicians against heating up the polity, ahead the 2015 elections.
The former president, who was guest of honour at the presentation ceremony of two books, entitled: “Fasting according to Islamic Law” and “Matsayin Azumi a Shari’ar Musulunci,” at the Murtala Square, Kaduna, on Sunday, while commenting on the charged political atmosphere that engulfs the country at present, said politics was a game that produced winners and losers at the same time.
He, however, noted that not all contestants would emerge victorious at the polls, adding that losers must learn to accept defeat with grace and prepare for another race someday.
“An overheated polity will produce nothing other than chaos and anarchy in our midst and I wish to advise politicians to be careful and responsible as they start their campaign train for 2015 contest.
“Nigerians deserve nothing less than the dividends of democracy that will guarantee minimum comfort for better, quality life. This is what is required to take the youth off the streets, restore the confidence of the disenchanted and provide succor to the poverty-stricken masses of this country.
“This is what is needed to check the menace of violence perpetrated by militants and Boko Haram insurgents,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to Allah for the opportunity to attend the event which he described as an occasion that brought people together, saying the emergence of young writers like Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu was a welcome development.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, expressed gratitude to Allah for making the occasion possible and thanked dignitaries for having time to grace the occasion.
Author of the books, the Director-General and Chief Executive of National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu, called on the abductors of Chibok schoolgirls to, as a matter of urgency, release them without further delay.