…advises politicians to play according to rules
Anglican bishop on the Niger, Rt Rev. Dr Owen Nwokolo has cautioned politicians and their supporters against any form of bullying and political rascality.
He advised politicians to play according to rules, saying Nigerians expect some level of maturity from those aspiring to be leaders.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, Nwokolo appealed to politicians to focus on issue-based campaigns than campaign of callumny and character assassination.
He sais, “Nigerians want to hear from politicians what they have as philosophy of their parties and manifestoes and not wedging unwarranted bullings against one another.
“The way some of them are going about it is unacceptable. Every game, after all, has a rule, and politics is a game, it must therefore be plaid according to its rules. that anything short of that was a misnomer.
While pleading with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure free and fair election by insisting votes counted, the bishop enjioned Nigerians, especially party supporters, to guard against anything that could disrupt the conduct of the February polls.
“We know we have people in our system who seem uncontrollable, who behave as if they are above the law. But it ought not to be so. Every Nigerian should maintain watertight political decorum during and after the elections.
“Comportment and decorum is the duty of everyone; it is the duty of politicians and the voters and everybody to cooperate, and the security agencies are to ensure that the game is plaid according to the rules.
“Everyone will play a part. You are not going to leave it to the politicians, nor will you leave it to the government, nor to the INEC.
“You, as an individual or a group, if you discover where things are not going well, you are expected to report and say, ‘no, this should not be done like that, that we must do it right’.
“That is what will help our system. Once every one of us is taking positive step and positive stand on things that partain to our country, our patriotism will be on the high side, and patriotism is what drives a successful nation,” the bishop added.