Mr Mohammed Gana, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 12, on Saturday urged politicians in Bauchi State to exhibit high sense of responsibility while playing politics.
Addressing representatives of political parties in as part of sensitization efforts preparatory to the 2015 general elections, the AIG said that they were expected to make positive contribution for the advancement of Nigeria’s democracy.
Gana, whose zone covers Borno, Bauchi and Yobe states, said a meeting of stakeholders was necessary to discuss ways of ensuring the success of the 2015 general elections.
“The purpose of this meeting, is to remind ourselves of the need to abide by the rules governing the conduct of elections as we thrive to improve on our democracy.
“Our leaders are trying to ensure the sustenance of our democracy; we should contribute our quota by being law-abiding and respecting the rules of the game.
“You all have manifestoes, and there is no place where “violence” was suggested or recommended.
“Politics is not a do-or-die affair, as was the case before; it should not be seen as a thug-of-war, ” he admonished.
He said that the police now engaged in “democratic” and “scientific” policing, in accordance with the prevailing democratic atmosphere.
“Please do not take the laws into your hands; don’t use the youths as thugs. There must be law and order for any society to progress,” he added.
In his remarks, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Ladan, also advised the politicians to shun violence in the course of their campaigns.
He reminded the stakeholders of the ugly incidents of 2011 general elections that led to the death of many people in the state, including police officers and members of National Youths Service Corps.
“The police are now well positioned to crack down on any form of lawlessness. It is our duty to ensure the safety of lives and property, “Ladan said.
In their separate remarks, the stakeholders commended the AIG for the initiative, describing it as timely.
They promised to abide by the law of the land before, during and after the elections, so long as the police would be fair and neutral in the discharge of their duties.
Malam Danjuma Dabo, the Bauchi State Secretary, All Progressive Congress (APC), urged both the police and politicians, to be sincere and co ‘operate with one another for the success of the polls.
Alhaji Musa Manto, the chairman, United Progressive Party (UPP), assured the stakeholders of his party’s readiness to support the police in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the elections.
Malam Muktar Abubakar, Legal Adviser of PDP in Bauchi, suggested that stakeholder’s meeting be held periodically to enhance understanding and clear grey areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had representative from PDP, DPM, APC, MPPP, AD, UPP, APGA and AC in attendance. (NAN)
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