Former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has warned Nigerian politicians to desist from heating up the political space, saying that will only lead to anarchy.
Babangida said the advice has become necessary in view of recent happenings in the country, adding that “politics is a game that produces winner and loser.”
He also noted that not all contestants will emerge victorious at the poll, as he said that losers should learn to accept defeat with grace.
Babangida made the remark yesterday at the presentation ceremony of two books written by the Director General of National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr. Aminu Ladan Shareru, in Kaduna.
Babangida, represented by Brigadier General Dantsoho Mohammed, said as the campaign for 2015 elections gather momentum an overheated polity would produce nothing but anarchy in the land.
He therefore urged politicians to do the right thing.
His words “I wish to advise politicians to be careful and responsible as they start their campaign train, Nigerians deserve nothing less than the dividend of democracy that will grant minimum comfort for better quality life.
“This is what is required to take the youths off the streets, restored the confidence of disenchanted and provide succour to the poverty stricken masses of this country. This is what is needed to check the menace perpetrated by militants and Boko Haram insurgency,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Sa’ad Abubakar III, tasked people with Islamic religious knowledge to imbibe the culture of educating their folks with the basic aspect of Islam wherever they find themselves.
The Sultan, represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, said Nigeria is a country with diverse cultures and religious backgrounds where the natives speak different languages, urging the people to use every available opportunity to propagate Islam as it is supposed to be.
In his welcome address, the author of the book and Director General of NTI, Sharehu, noted that lack of knowledge of Arabic was no longer an excuse not to learn the basic facts and principles of Islam.
According to him, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam that must be done as stipulated in the Qur’an and that is why the book is written to enlighten the Muslim faithful on the right way of fasting.