Be wise, politicians may use religion to campaign - Cleric cautions voters
A Muslim group, during a sensitisation meeting, has asked electorates to do away with violence and sentiments in the next elections - Sheik Ahmad Jajag, a speaker at the occasion, also told voters not to be wrongly influenced by politicians - Jajag asked voters not to allow ethnic prejudice colour their choice of candidates A faith-based organisation in Dass, Bauchi state, Dass Muslim Volunteer Mobilizers, on Wednesday, January 30, organised a sensitisation meeting for electorates on the need to shun violence, thuggery and bigotry during the forthcoming elections. Speaking at the occasion, Sheik Ahmad Jajah, an Islamic cleric, called on voters not to allow politicians to instigate them to take the laws into their hands.
According to him, the state and the country are made up of people of different religions and tribes, as such the electorate should vote for candidates based on merit. He advised: ”People should be wise and not be misled by politicians who may use religion to campaign before the election and later betray the trust reposed in them. ”No religion can rule alone permanently in Nigeria because the country comprises both Muslims and Christians. “People should vote only those who will ensure justice and fairness to all and sundry, irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political parties." Earlier, in his opening remarks, the secretary general of the group, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, explained that the organization was formed with the objective of enlightening people of the area on good governance and election issues.
He said that members of the group who were drawn from all the electoral wards in the area and several political parties, would educate the people to vote for credible leaders and shun violence in the upcoming polls. He said: “You should bear in mind that politics is all about good governance and service delivery for development." News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other Islamic clerics who presented papers at the meeting stressed the need for religious tolerance. They warned that some politicians who hide under religion to play politics were only doing so for selfish reasons.