President Goodluck Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan.

MAKURDI – Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a retired Commissioner of Police, on Thursday commended the peace initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan which led to a peace pact with other 13 presidential candidates of the opposition parties in Abuja.
Tsav told newsmen  in Makurdi that the pact signed was capable of engendering a healthy conduct of the elections.
He, however, warned that the good intentions of the president could be jeopardised by security operatives through overzealousness if not checked.
“Security agencies must caution themselves against jeopardising the good intentions of the peace pact through uncivilised and barbaric conducts during the general elections.
“The security agencies must remain impartial and civilised in the discharge of their duties during the elections,’’ he advised.
Tsav also warned that measures must be put in place against the antics of desperate politicians with the penchant for violence to desist from employing thugs as usual to cause confusion during elections.
He said that the sanctity of the electoral process must be preserved if leaders of choice must emerge from the process.
Tsav further admonished politicians to consider the February general elections as a football match between two friendly clubs and not as a do-or-die boxing tournament between two enemies.
He also called on Jonathan to caution some of his supporters from making inflammatory statements capable of fueling crises in the country.