Abdulsalami cautions politicians over election violence

A former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), on Thursday called on key political actors in Nigeria, particularly those seeking elective positions to do everything possible to ensure peace in the forthcoming general elections because “Nigeria is not a stranger to electoral violence.”

He threw the challenge at the one-day peace conference organised by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation in Abuja, with the theme: “Peaceful elections and national development.”

Abdulsalami’s caution was also echoed by former President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries.

The event attracted continental figures including former President of Liberia, Prof. Amos Sawyer; Special  Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas among others.

Abdulsalami said, “The period of election in the country is often tension-soaked because of the competition involved. Nigeria is not a stranger to electoral violence. Jonathan kept his word that his presidency is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

“He graciously conceded defeat, he saved the country from falling into political crisis. Nigerians and indeed, the world are praying that the election would be peaceful. Without peace, there would be no nation, and without a nation, there would be no election.”