General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

As preparation towards 2015 general elections gears up in the country, former military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida yesterday warned politicians to desist from acts that could set the country on the path of anarchy.

The former head of state, who gave the warning in Kaduna while speaking at the presentation ceremony of two books authored by the director general of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr Aminu Ladan Shareru, said politicians must not heat up the polity to gain acceptance.

He added that ?politics is a game that produces a winner and not all contestants will emerge victorious at the polls; therefore, losers must learn to accept defeat with grace and prepare for another race someday.?

Represented by Brigadier General Dantsoho Mohammed (rtd), the former head of state said that as the campaign for 2015 gathers momentum, an overheated polity will produce nothing other than chaos in the land.

He said, ?I wish to advise politicians to be careful and responsible as they start their campaign train; Nigerians deserve nothing less than the dividends of democracy that will grant minimum comfort for better quality life.

?This is what is required to take the youths off the streets, restore the confidence of the disenchanted and provide succour for the poverty-stricken masses of this country. This is what is needed to check the menace perpetrated by militants and Boko Haram insurgency?.

Kaduna State governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero who also spoke at the event said no amount of fighting or violence can bring one power but only God, and pleaded for peaceful coexistence among the people of the state and the nation as a whole.

Speaking earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa?ad Abubakar tasked people with Islamic religious knowledge to imbibe the culture of educating the common folks with the basic tenets of Islam wherever they find themselves.

Represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris, the Sultan noted that Nigeria is a country with diverse cultures and religious backgrounds where the natives speak different languages, and called on Muslims to propagate Islam.

In his welcome address, the author of the books, Dr Aminu Ladan Shareru said lack of knowledge of Arabic is no more an excuse not to learn the basic facts and principles of Islam.

According to him, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam but it must be done as stipulated in the Qur?an, which is why the book was written to enlighten the Muslim faithful on the right way of fasting.

The books written by Dr Shareru are entitled ?Fasting According to Islamic Law? and ?Matsayin Azumi A Shari?ar Musulunci, the hausa translation of the former.


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