The Sultan of Sokoto and president general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sa’ad Abubakar III said yesterday in Sokoto that Nigeria is one country that has everything but has nothing.
The Sultan who spoke when the director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi paid a courtesy on him in his palace further urged politicians not to see the general election as a do or die affair.
While advising that politicians as well as their supporters to stop heating up the polity, the Sultan maintained that the election would come and go; therefore, Nigerians should think of what happens to the country after the elections.
Tracing reasons for possible electoral violence in Nigeria, the Sultan said, celebrating victories and losses of elections leads to violence in Nigeria. Therefore, it should be done in the spirit of sportsmanship with no victor, no vanqished.
“Anybody that loses the election should be bold enough to congratulate the person that wins hence it’s all a matter of trying to serve the country,” he added.
The traditional cum religious leader who decried that there would be no stability if there is no peace, also hinted that they are making frantic effort to meet with presidential candidates of the two strongest parties, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) on the need to ensure that they keep to the pledges of their peace accord.
Declaring his support for the NYSC scheme in Nigeria, the Sultan said rather that contemplating scraping it as proposed by some, it should rather be strengthened hence, it’s one of the only avenue that unites the country.
Substantiating his reasons, Sultan therefore called on the federal government to look into the issue of making the scheme more efficient for national exigencies.
Speaking earlier, the NYSC DG said, he was on advocacy tour to discuss with traditional rulers and relevant agencies as the corps members would be partaking in the forthcoming general election.
Olawumi however said that no corps member was compelled to do the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) job hence, they decided to do so on their own.
The DG advised corps members taking part in the election to avoid material or financial inducement from politicians at the course of discharging their duties to Nigeria, adding that corps members are to bear the consequences of their misconduct.
In the words of the Sultan, “The federal government should be thinking of developing the NYSC into a two-year compulsory military training. After which, at the end of the scheme, some of them could be drafted into the military for two or more years before joining any other field they so desired. So, I am calling on the NYSC to organize a forum to discourse the way forward for the scheme in the next 20 years.”
He also assured that corps members serving in Sokoto State are their responsibility hence they are entrusted into the care of traditional rulers within their primary place of assignment.