20 April 2004

Nigeria: Gov Cautions Politicians

Lokoja, Kogi — Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State has cautioned politicians not to beat the drums of war at this period of our democratic experience.

Idris, who spoke on the Country's political development during Kogi State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Press Week said it would be dangerous for anybody to beat the drums of war at this critical period of democratic process.

The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Sola Ojo, said "if anybody wants to draw back the hand of democratic clock, the government will also be ready to resist the attempt".

He, however, appealed to politicians to always play the game according to its rule.

He also used the forum to commend the efforts of journalists in piloting the democratic process.

In his own speech, the state NUJ Chairman, Comrade Innocent Idajili, advised aggrieved politicians to channel their grievances through a constitutional process, rather than endangering the hard earned democracy.

He appealed to government at all levels, to strive to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the down-trodden urging journalists to always avoid sensationalism in their reports.

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