Former Head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said the 2019 general elections would be a test case that Nigeria democracy has come of age.
Fielding questions from newsmen at the Minna Central mosque shortly after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers on Tuesday, Abdulsalami stressed on the need for politicians to play by the rules.
He pointed out that politicians must shun do-or-die politics for the nations’s democracy to advance while urging Nigerians to put aside their differences by ensuring a hitch free polls.
The former leader lamented that Nigeria’s political space is been needlessly heated up by politicians adding that enduring political culture can only be built when politicians adhere to the rules of the game.
He then urged Muslims to imbibe the exemplary life style of Prophet Muhammad and the lessons of Eid el Kabir by living in peace with people of other faiths.
Niger state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, called on those who registered in the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration exercise by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to make effort to obtain their Permanent Voters Card to enable them elect credible leaders of their choice in the 2019 general elections.
The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque Mallam Isa Fari charged enjoined all Muslim faithful to internalize and practice the innate and core lessons of the festival which essentially reinforces the spirit of sacrifice, tolerance, sympathy, empathy, devotion to duty, and the promotion of harmonious coexistence.
He also enjoined the wealthy Muslims to assist the needy and vulnerable in the spirit of love and brotherhood that Islam stands for.