JOHANNESBURG – As Nigeria gears up for general elections in February, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is urging traditional rulers in the country to canvas for peace ahead of the 2019 poll.
Osinbajo made the call on Monday at the opening of the 10th National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) in Abuja, the Premium Times reported.
”Building a synergy towards free, fair, credible and violence-free 2019 General Elections” was the theme of the meeting which was attended by the chairman of NCTRN and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar; and the co-chairman, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunnwusi. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, also attended in addition to a number of other dignitaries.
The vice president thanked the traditional rulers for their support and underlined their importance during an election season. Osinbajo also pointed out that they played an important role in helping the security agencies curb violence when unscrupulous groups and individuals use the electoral season to foment trouble and disrupt the electoral process.
But trouble is already brewing ahead of the February 16 general elections.