The Bishop of Anglican Communion Kaduna Diocese, Most Reverend Timothy Yahaya has called on politicians to ensure that they keep to their campaign promises, even as he urged them to play by the rules of the game and avoid actions that will jeopardise the security of the nation.
Bishop Yahaya stated this while speaking to the media after the New Year service in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the onus of a peaceful 2019 elections lies with the politicians because the ways and manner they go about their campaign will determine the general atmosphere during the elections.
He averred that if politicians choose to engage in hate speech, they would be putting the nation on the part of violence, which is not good for everyone.
“You can only govern people who are alive and if all Nigerians are killed for anybody to assume office then who is he going to govern? “I therefore advise that campaign should be issues based. Tell the people what are the problems on ground and the blueprints for solving them.
“I also want to advice the voters that voting is not fighting, they should only perform their civic responsibility and not get themselves involved in any acts of violence.
“These politicians you are staking your lives for are living in their comfort zone and their children attending better institutions across the globe while your own are out of schools because of strike. “It is also time for the electorates to keep records of politicians promises and ready to confront them if they are derailing,” he said.
Speaking on the general insecurity in the country, he said it is time for the commander in chief and his service chiefs to map out a new strategy because the nation cannot continue to do things in the old ways and expect new results.
Bishop Yahaya said 2019 is a year of laughter for Nigerians because God has decided to heal the land of the present problems bedevilling it.
He however advocated for fervent prayers for peaceful elections and general peace in the land.
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