Abdulsalami Cautions Politicians against Truncating Democracy

19 Jul 2013

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 Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar

Aisha Wakaso

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,  Thursday cautioned politicians against playing politics that would run the nation's democracy  down.
He also expressed saddness at the current political crisis in Rivers State, saying it was capable of truncating democracy.

According to Abubakar, who stated this at an interactive session with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Niger State chapter at his residence, urged politicians to put their houses in order to avoid overheating the polity.

He described the crisis in Rivers State as sad and unfortunate, adding that: “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 state to infringe on others freedom.”

Speaking further, he said: "I hope those involved would take note of what democracy is and check themselves. What has happened is very sad."

According to the former Head of State, politicians should stop taking democracy for granted, stressing that there was a limit to what freedom was all about in democracy.

The Peace Ambassador, who had brokered peace in many warring African countries further sued for peace harping on the importance of peace, "without peace, there cannot be any nation."

He 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. "

Abubakar further commended the media for doing a good job in keeping the nation abreast of the happenings in the country, stressing that the media have shown that they are the watchdog of the society.

"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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