A former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has cautioned Nigerian politicians against politicizing tragedies that befall the country especially ones caused by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Akpabio said they should stop celebrating whenever the government experiences set back in the fight against insurgency as it is everybody’s responsibility to ensure that the country is safe.
He also urged them to run decent campaigns as the elections approach.
The former Akwa Ibom governor gave this advice in an interview with NAN on Sunday.
He said, “They should stop jubilation whenever we experience set back in the war against insurgency, it is a collective responsibility to ensure that Nigeria is safe and we should all show commitment to that cause.
“The reason we are contesting for political leadership in the first place is because there is a country called Nigeria; if Nigeria stops to exist today, our politics will become useless.
“The reason why we are respected across the world is because of our population and our diverse ethnic configuration.
“Politicians are supposed to use these factors to further engender peace and unity in the country, instead of creating hatred and enmity amongst their followers.”
Akpabio also advised Nigerians to always vote leaders that are committed to the welfare of the nation and her citizens.
He said, “Nigerians should ensure that they elect good and committed leaders at all elections, and stop expecting patronage in terms of appointments or contracts.
“Good governance and delivery of critical infrastructure are the best reward system that any leadership can give the citizenry, and any leader that does these deserves mass support.”