The former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has told politician to shun bitterness and embrace politics of issues.
Gen. Abdulsalam spoke on Tuesday shortly after the Eid- el-Kabir 2 rakat prayers at the Minna Central Mosque, urged the politicians allow the citizens to decide through the ballot box who to lead them in all three tiers of government.
He said it was worrisome that Nigeria’s political space had been needlessly heated up by politicians who rarely consider the country’s interests above theirs in politics.
He said, “Enduring political culture can only be built when politicians focus on politics of issues and as well adhering to the rules of the game.
“It is pertinent for politicians to understand that leadership comes from God and not man.”
“God bestows leadership on whomsoever he wishes, with such an understanding, I expect that prevalent issue of do-or-die politics should not have arisen in the first instance because Nigeria’s political space is enough for everyone,” he said
The 2019 general elections, Abdulsalam said, would be a test case that Nigeria democracy has come of age, adding that Nigerians should be able to put aside their differences by ensuring a hitch-free election instead of causing more division along ethnic, religious and political divides.
Abdulasami, therefore, urged adherents of the Islamic faith to imbibe the exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad and the lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir by living in peace with one another, particularly adherents of other religion.