Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, has said that the consultations embarked upon by the G-5 Governors will not in any way affect politics nor lead to the division of the country.
He also said care must be taken to ensure that religion does not take central stage in the country’s polity.
Aliyu told journalists in Minna shortly after receiving traditional rulers that have come to pay him homage on Sallah day, he said peace and democracy are not issues that should be toyed with, but must be sustained.
He said, “Our consultations will not affect the politics of the country or cause division. In the area of politics, it is very good that the two parties are now on, and I believe that now we should be very careful on how we conduct ourselves, to make sure that we do not allow religious issues to dominate our polity.
“We should be very careful about bringing religion into politics and the two parties or other parties must be very real, doing politics of issues, politics of development and not simple politics of personality, issues that will divide us after 100 years of living together as Nigerians, we must now be talking about development and not individual differences.”
He also urged well meaning individuals to join the five governors should they see the need to contribute to the peace, progress and development of the country.
According to him; “We have had series of meetings with other people. The President is made to understand the issues we are talking about, and so, these consultations must continue not only by the five governors, but by anybody who feels he can contribute to the peace, progress and development of Nigeria; they should join in the consultations. The lack of communication usually is the cause of the many problems of this country.”