Displaced people from Baga listens to President Goodluck Jonathan (unseen) in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. H ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Lamurde - The Hama of Bachama Kingdom in Adamawa, Honest Stephen, has urged Nigerians to be tolerant and ensure peaceful conduct during the forthcoming general elections in the country.
The monarch made the call in a speech to mark the 3rd Kwete Annual Festival held at Lamurde, the headquarters of Lamurde Local Government Area, on Sunday.
Stephen said peace, stability and development were needed to sustain the nation’s democracy, stressing that there was need for Nigerians to remain their brother’s keeper.
“The 2015 general elections are at the gate, and in the interest of togetherness and our country, it is good to conduct peaceful elections for successful transition.” Stephen said.
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He called on youths to engage in rewarding ventures such as education, agriculture and sporting activities.
The monarch described youths as assets of the nation, adding that they should not allow themselves to be used as instrument of destruction.
He explained that the Kwete festival was usually organised after the cultivation of farm crops to pray to God for good harvest and good health throughout the year.
The festival, he added, is also a symbol of the Bachama, showcasing the people’s cultural heritage.
The media reports that this year’s edition of the annual festival attracted dignitaries from across the country.
Among those who graced the occasion were Gov. Bala Ngilla, top government officials as well as traditional rulers from within and outside the state.