Laleye Dipo in Minna
Etsu Nupe and chairman of the Niger state traditional council, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has told politicians in the state not to involve him in their politics and campaign towards the 2019 general elections.
Abubakar gave the directive in his Wadata palace on Saturday when he received a delegation of the ruling houses and some traditional title holders in the emirate who paid him the traditional Sallah homage.
The monarch also told aspirants for political positions in his emirate and throughout the state to stop the habit of printing posters and mounting billboards with their pictures placed side by side with his.
â€œI am not a politician; I have not endorsed anybody for any political position, and I don’t intend to endorse anyone,” Abubakar declared.
The traditional ruler advised politicians to play the game according to the rules, saying that they should also eschew bitterness and character assassination during their campaigns.
Abubakar announced his plan to set up a rehabilitation centre in Bida to cater for the physically-challenged in the society and therefore solicited for the support and contribution of his subjects for the smooth take off of the centre.
In the same vein the traditional ruler urged public spirited individuals in and outside the emirate to donate generously to the Bida Education foundation fund which he said was to complement government efforts in the funding of education.
According to him, â€œgovernment alone cannot fund education, they need our support.â€
He urged his subjects to enrol their children in schools saying, â€œeducation is the only legacy a parent can leave for the upcoming generations.â€
He also charged Nigerians to support the anti-corruption crusade of the federal government because corruption in all spheres of the society had eaten deep into the body fabric of the society.
The Saba Nupe Alhaji Abdulmalik Ndayako, who was represented by the Kpotun Nupe Alhaji Manko Abdullahi, said the visit was to pledge their loyalty to the Etsu Nupe.