Thursday, 4 December 2014

Moro urges sportsmanship among Benue contestants

AS primary elections begin across political parties ahead of the 2015 general polls, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has advised political actors to cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship, stressing that every contest has two sides.

Moro, who addressed newsmen at the weekend at Okpoga in Okpuokwu local council of Benue State after the House of Assembly primaries, advised politicians to always put the overriding interest of the nation as well as the welfare of the people, rather than selfish concerns, first.

   He further urged them to learn to accept defeat, stressing that the present administration has adopted a “no winner, no loser policy,” just as he lauded the peaceful conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in the area.

   Commenting on last week’s triple bomb blast, which destroyed the Emir of Kano Mosque, Moro described the incident as “unfortunate,” lamenting that it was happening at a time Nigerians were beginning to heave a sigh of relief that insurgencies and suicide bombings had reduced.

   He stated that the blast brings to fore the fact that the activities of the insurgents do not have religious colouration, hence the reinforcement and commitment of the Federal Government to stamp out the perpetrators. According to him, “the latest bomb blast in the emir’s mosque goes to show that the suicide bombers are not adherents of Islam.

   “It means that Nigerians have to look a little beyond religion and the mundane to find the cause of the insurgency. But one thing is very clear, this government is committed to stamping out insurgencies, and everything, both resources and manpower, will be deployed to ensure that it is a thing of the past.”

   Complimenting the emir on his call on Nigerians to be self-defensive, however, Moro said that self-defence means that Nigerians must be security conscious but not necessarily resort to self-help.

   “Nigerians should be at alert as well as assist security agents by providing them with information because they require it to gather intelligence and do their duties,” he noted. “Nigerians should take precautionary steps and send SOS to security agents to come to their assistance. Self-defence should not be equated with self-help.”

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