People hold signs to protest postponement of elections in Abuja. (File: AFP)
Sokoto - Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State on Wednesday advised youths in the country to shun violence, to ensure peaceful conduct of Saturday's presidential elections.
Wamakko said in Sokoto that as future leaders, all efforts should be geared towards cooperating with the stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the electoral processes.
He called on Nigerian youths to resist all forms on confusion that could lead to political violence before, during and after the general elections.
"Your cooperation and support towards exposing those behind political violence and thuggery will go a long way in ensuring peaceful atmosphere for the smooth conduct of elections," he said.
Wamakko called on security agencies to provide a level-playing ground for Nigerians to exercise their civic responsibilities without any let or indrance.
He said that the security agencies should not support any political party for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
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He said that the desire of Nigerians to have transparent elections would only be possible if the security agencies adhered to their constitutional responsibilities.
Wamakko said that already the state government had taken concrete security measures to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people during and after the elections.
He said that the state government would not tolerate any act capable of causing political violence in the state.
He called on the leaders of political parties to preach the principle of political tolerance and understanding among their followers.
He said the government would not fold its arms and allow any person or group of people to cause political violence in the state.
Wakakko called on residents to resist any form of provocation, to sustain the peaceful environment in the state.