A former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday called on politicians to “jealously guard the peace of the country” ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Abubakar, who spoke at a book launch in memory of a former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, said politicians and their parties hold the key to peace in the nation.
The book written by the late governor’s spokesman, Reuben Buhari, is titled: ‘Yakowa: A Dream Deferred.’
Abubakar urged politicians to avoid hate speech during electioneering.
He asked them (politicians) to focus on issue-based campaigns.
The ex-Nigerian leader said, “Allow me to draw our attention to the approaching 2019 general elections. May I urge all of us, especially the politicians to continue to jealously guard the peace of our dear country.
“I urged us to refrain from political campaigns laced with religious or ethnic peculiarities and concentrate on issue-based campaigns.
“Politicians and their political parties hold the key to the creation of an environment that could foster free, fair and credible elections.”
Yakowa’s widow, Amina, urged politicians to play politics without bitterness, noting that power belongs to God.
She said her husband played politics without bitterness.