Promote peace during polls, Aliyu urges Niger monarchs

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AGAIE (NIGER) – Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger has charged traditional rulers in the country to educate their subjects on the need to embrace peace during the February elections.
He gave the charge on Saturday in Agaie during the presentation of staff of office to Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]who emerged the 23rd emir of the emirate.
Aliyu said that the rising tension over the approaching elections was largely due to lack of understanding among the electorate.
The traditional institution, he said, had always been a stabilising force in the country, adding that the [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]tension was being fueled by desperate politicians.
He, however, said that the nation’s unity must be considered before individual interest.
“All apprehension for violence will not be seen once we learn to accept whatever outcome of results we [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10”]get, knowing that God decides who wins.
“It is, however, our duty to tell our children to be law abiding and to stay away from acts that will lead to violence.
“We, therefore, call on our traditional rulers to remind their subjects that the unity of Nigeria is
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sacrosanct, hence above individual interest,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Nuhu pledged to lead the people with the fear of God.
He also said that the emirate would continue to educate people on the need for violence-free elections. (NAN)

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