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A former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe has urged politicians to shun hate speeches and refrain from heating up the polity. He spoke on Monday when he led a delegation of the National Peace Committee for 2015 Elections on a visit to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) National Secretriat in Abuja.
Ukiwe also charged the political class to caution their followers on the need for non-violence before, during and after the elections.
Also speaking during the visit, a member of the Committee and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, urged the nation’s politicians to put national interest above personal interest.
He said :”This is Nigeria. And it is important to understand our country and our people. As a Christian, my prayer is that all our anxieties will probably be laid to rest by the Lord of the Universe Himself. But on a more practical and serious note, Nigerians are probably far more resilient than we were giving them credit for. I expect that these elections will come and they will go. My real concern is not with ordinary Nigerians, it is with the politicians who may never have learnt how to spell defeat. And we have said all that needs to be said; about the fact that this country is more important than any politician”. The National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu while receiving the team said he will prevail on PDP members to conduct themselves with decorum and peacefully in selling their candidates.
He said “I want to assure you, the PDP will be running a very fair campaign led by me. If you watch my utterances personally, you find that there is nothing I do than to be a good resource man or what I should be for my party and for Mr. President to make people love him and vote for him.
“Unfortunately, when the opposition go hey-wire, some of our small boys in our own party shout back and that is why you have this. But believe me I will give them very serious signal that we don’t expect that. That is why it is even the way it is; it would have gone even much worse because it is absolutely unnecessary to call somebody’s product a by-product, it is better for you to sell your product and show how better your own is than the other.
“We don’t have any doubt that President Jonathan has all that we need to sell and therefore we do not need to speak ill about others. But I only want to assure you that we will continue to improve and increase in our caution in the use of our words and negative campaigns in the next few days until the election day.”