The Emir of Wase, Alhaji Sambo Haruna, Monday, accused politicians of sowing seeds of discord in the society and pitching the masses against one another.
The monarch said this against the backdrop of unending crises in the area, as a result of difference in political inclinations. He lamented the incessant burning of villages and sacking of innocent people in his locality. He therefore appealed to politicians, irrespective of party and religious affiliations, to join in the ongoing efforts at reconciling the people.
Speaking at his palace, while receiving the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign organization led by its governorship candidate, Simon Lalong, Haruna said different villages in the local government had been attacked over 100 times since 1998.
He urged the people of the area to see themselves as members of one family and stop discriminating against one another on the basis of religion or tribal affiliation. He also advised Nigerians not to sell their voter’s cards, but to use the general elections to vote for credible leaders.
The Emir also called on politicians to put the interest of the nation first during their electioneering campaigns by desisting from acts that could be interpreted to imply desperate manipulation of the electorate for political power, reminding them that only God gives power and he gives it to whoever He pleases.
“Now is the time for Nigerians to go beyond the campaign issues and begin to ask why nothing seems to work in Nigeria in the past 16 years of our democracy,” he said.