Before this Saturday’s elections for the governorship and house of assembly, former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan offered advice to politicians.
Speaking on March 16 in Sampou community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Jonathan warned politicians against “do-or-die politics,” saying those who want to reign should not impose themselves on the populace. Governor Douye Diri had just lost his father, Pa Abraham Diri.
He also questioned the need for leaders to impose their will on the general population.
“Leadership is not by force. It is about serving the people. So, if you want to lead the people, you cannot kill them before you lead them.
In Bayelsa, the challenges will be minimal because we do not have a governorship election on Saturday. But I urge our people to conduct themselves well.”
In other news, Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the State Ministry of Education to look into the case of a student who was allegedly sent home from school because her bag had a sticker of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The student called Barinada Marvellous was told to leave school in an alleged exeat letter that was supposedly signed by the school’s principal after she was caught “campaigning for Peter Obi against the wish of Lagosians”.
According to the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Governor has authorized the removal of the principal, who will be asked to clarify the event.
“The Lagos State Government, the Ministry of Education, and all its agencies will never instruct any school principal, personnel or teacher to act in such a manner. The matter would be dealt with within the scope of our strict regulations as the reason for sending home the student is unacceptable – if true,” she said.