By Mercy Osajiugo, Bida.
The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged politicians in the country to eschew campaign of calumny and play politics with utmost fear of God, maturity and decorum.
The Etsu Nupe, who is also the Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, made the call at a special prayer to mark his 70th birthday and 19 years’ reign at the Wadata Palace in Bida on Sunday.
He underscored the need for all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious, political or ethnic affiliations, to place national interest above self-interest.
He stressed that this was the only way to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in 2023 as well as the peace, unity and socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria.
“The country must exist first; harmony must thrive among the citizens; it’s only in such an environment that we would all be able to pursue our various endeavours, including politics.” he said.
Similarly, the Etsu Nupe urged the youth in the emirate, state and the country at large to shun thuggery during the political campaigns.
Abubakar also called on his subjects at home and in the Diaspora to be united wherever they were resident.
The traditional ruler, who was visibly elated by the mammoth crowd that came to felicitate him, told the people to coexist peacefully with their neighbours.
He said that such act would engender the desired progress in the Nupe kingdom, Niger State and Nigeria at large.
“I want to appreciate all and sundry who have come to rejoice with me during my 70th birthday anniversary, may celebration be our lot always,” he said.
Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, at the ceremony, which was also attended by the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Bago and the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba.
Others at the event include representatives of Emirs of Agaie, Lapai, Lafiagi, Patigi, commissioners from the state, Rep. Saidu Musa Abdul and traditional title holders of the Nupe Kingdom, among others.