Don’t truncate our democracy – Abdulsalami warns politicians


Former military Head of State, General (Rtd) Abdulsalami Abubakar has warned politicians against acts capable of torpedoing the country’s democracy. Speaking at an interactive session with members of the Correspondents chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Niger State chapter, at his residence in Niger State on Thursday, General Abubakar urged politicians to behave themselves and avoid overheating the polity.

On the festering crisis in Rivers State, Abdulsalami described it as an unfortunate and worrisome development. “I hope that the politicians would try to put a break and reflect on what they are doing in order not to truncate democracy. In democracy there is limit to what freedom is all about. But your freedom stops where you start to infringe on others’ freedom,” he said.

The former Head of State, who has also been a Peace Ambassador to several conflict-ridden countries,  equally said: “Having been involved in peace process around the world on behalf of the African Union (AU), I always advocate for peace in our nation because I’ve seen the result of unrest in other countries. I pray the tidings of Ramandan would abide with all of us. “

He also praised the media for the positive roles they have been playing in the country. “You (media) have functioned as the checkers of the society. You make people think and check themselves in what they are doing. You also make them correct themselves whenever they are doing wrong. You are all doing a good job in being the watchdog of the society,” he said.


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