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Maku tasks politicians on constructive politics

07 March 2014, 20:16

Abuja - The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Thursday charged politicians to play the game according to the rules and avoid politics capable of destroying the image of the country.

Maku gave the charge in Abuja at the  2nd  Annual Conference organised by the Peoples Media Limited, publishers of Peoples’ Daily Newspapers in Abuja, with the theme, "Nigeria: The 2015 Question."

The minister was represented by his Special Assistant on media, Kinsley Osadolor.

He advised Nigeria's political class to engage in self examination between now and 2015.

"The Nigeria political class has a lot of work to do in order to involve other Nigerians in the political challenges currently facing the country.

"The political issue in Nigeria is not about Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other opposition, but how to move the country forward,'' Maku said.

The Vice Chancellor, Veritas University, Bwari, FCT, Prof. Mike Kwanashie, attributed violence during election period to the personal interest of different political class.

Kwanashie said that politicians from different regions were after regional political interest, rather than the interest and development of the country.

The Professor noted that the incessant crisis of insurgency in the country could be traced to politicians.

He said the interest of the country should be the priority of not only politicians, but every Nigerian, rather than struggling for power.

Kwanashie stressed the need for  politicians to use the centenary celebration to reflect on the political foundation laid by the forefathers of the country.

Earlier, Wada Maida, Chairman, Peoples Media Limited said one of the objectives in setting up the media company was to support the three arms of government.

Maida stated that such objective could only be achieved with the basic ingredients in democracy, which included conduct of free, fair, credible and peaceful election.

"As was the case in  2011 when we gathered to discuss ways of finding lasting peace in the North, this year’s topic was chosen to reflect the realities facing our nation.

"It is in line with this that the theme, “Nigeria: The 2015 Question", was chosen as we navigate toward enthronement of a democratic country in a free and fair election," Maida said.

He said it was, therefore, necessary to always hold a conference to sensitise the people, considering the occasional tensions at anytime elections were about to be held in the country. 

-  NAN

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