A Nigerian Imam from Uyo Cental Mosque, Alhaji Mohammed Adamu, has called on politicians to canvass for votes from the electorate based on what they can do to impact lives, instead of character assassination, mudslinging and falsehood.

Speaking with journalists after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers on Tuesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, appealed to politicians to always play according to the rules, the Guardian Nigeria reported on Wednesday.

“We use this opportunity to call on our leaders, especially politicians, to play by the rules. They are the ones beating the drums of war and using the downtrodden to cause trouble in the country," he said.

“Let them play politics by presenting their manifestos to the electorate and convince them on what they will do if voted to power,” he added.

Adamu further called on voters to shun violence when electing their political representatives and to use their voting power to appoint those who would govern fairly and well.

- African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Lindiz van Zilla