Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has appreciated how Kano people rejected to participate in violence-ridden protests, which caused destruction of lives and properties in some parts of the country.
Recalling that “Even before some states were engulfed in the violent protests, we called meetings of stakeholders, – we already have Peace Committee in the state, long before now – with whom we discussed modalities on how to continue living in peace with one another.”
He specifically mentioned security agencies, leaders of Muslim groups, youth groups, civil society leaders, leaders of the communities of Igbo, Yoruba and other ethnic nationalities, among other stakeholders who stood firmly, under the guidance and monitoring of the state government in the area of promotion of peace in the state.
“Words could not express our sincere gratitude to the teeming youth in the state, who refused to partake in any violent activity. Even those who tried to cause mayhem, the situation was immediately controlled. Our youth you deserve all accolades from the state government and the people of the state, Kudos our youth Kudos,” he appreciated.
Not only youth, according to him, “Those deserve to be acknowledged and commended are our Clerics from both Islamic and Christian sections of the society, Igbo leaders, Yoruba leaders, and the leaders of all other ethnic nationalities deserve our commendation from us,” he hinted.
Leaders of the civil society groups, the governor added, “Deserve our full fledged commendation for being part and parcel of all our peace process when violent protests engulfed some states of the federation. We saw in them, just like all other groups, courage and patriotism.”
“Our acknowledgement and commendation is incomplete when we did not mention media people. All that is done and executed in the entire peace process, could be seen as an exercise in futility if media people refuse to join such effort.
But fortunately for all of us, media men help much in avoiding fake news and hate speech in the state. This goes a long way in finding an atmosphere of lasting peace in our dear state. Media men deserve all the accolades, and deserve many more,” governor Ganduje reiterates.
Governor Ganduje added that, all those who helped in one way or the other, to keep Kano peaceful, should also be commended, explaining that, “Security is everybody’s business. For a continued peaceful coexistence in the state, all hands must continue to be on deck.”