The Kano State police command on Thursday warned politicians and religious leaders in the state to desist from provocative and inciting statements in order not to heat up the polity ahead of next month’s general elections.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, who gave the warning, said there was the need for both leading parties to ensure that peace prevailed in the state to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls.
Shinaba said security agents would do everything within their power to ensure security of lives and property before, during and after the elections.
Speaking in a meeting with party, religious and community leaders held at the Officers Mess in Kano, the police boss also charged politicians to base their campaigns on issues rather than attacking personalities.
He said: “The essence of campaign is for contestants to present to electorate what they will do for them. So your campaigns should be based on issues not on personalities.
“The year 2015 is very significant to the future of this country. So anybody or group of persons found trying to foment trouble will not be spared”.
The commissioner urged the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress in the state to educate their followers on the importance of peaceful conduct during election as the command will not fold its arms and allow unscrupulous elements to foment trouble.
“Nobody has the monopoly of violence and it is not the solution to perceived injustices”, Mr. Shinaba said.
In their separate remarks, the Chief Imam of Alfurqan Mosque, Dr. Bashir Umar, appealed to politicians to watch their utterances so as not to set the country ablaze.
He promised to continue to preach peace for the development of the state and the country.