By Hammed Salawu Minna
As the 2023 election draws nearer, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has called on politicians in the country to play politics by its rules.
The Etsu Nupe who is the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, made the call in his Sallah message in Bida on Monday.
Alhaji Abubakar said the call was imperative as doing otherwise would jeopardise the successful conduct of the general polls.
The monarch also cautioned politicians against using vulnerable youths as political thugs.
The Etsu Nupe, however, advised politicians to focus on germane issues rather than dwelling on campaigns of calumny against each other.
The royal father also called on Muslims and other Nigerians to pray for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
He also called on Nigerians to elect God- fearing leaders during the 2023 elections.
” I pray that we shall have peaceful, credible, free, and fair elections in 2023.
Alhaji Abubakar appealed for intensified prayers by the Muslim Ummah and adherents of other religions in the country for God’s intervention on security challenges bedeviling the country.
The monarch, while congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, emphasised the need for love for one another and support for the less privileged in the society.
He enjoined Muslims to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and pray for the nation to overcome the fight against banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other challenges.
“I sincerely appeal to Muslims to seize this opportunity to offer special prayers for the unity, progress and prosperity of Nigeria so that the country may overcome its recurring myriad of challenges,” Alhaji Abubakar added.
The monarch urged Muslim faithful to continue to pray to God to assist President Muhammadu Buhari and other elected and appointed leaders to overcome current challenges in the nation.
Abubakar said that the Eid-el-fitr celebration was a special period that called for sober reflections and special prayers to the Almighty Allah for Nigerian leaders at all levels.
The traditional ruler also called on parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children by sending them to school, to acquire both western and Islamic education.
He said that children were special gifts from God and should be brought up in a godly manner, to enable them to contribute positively to societal development.