Ahmad Tijjani Abdul, Kano
The Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday night met with the leadership of civil society groups in the state, as he harped on why peace must continue to reign in the state.
Ganduje at the meeting which held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano, acknowledged that, while demands are ingredients of democracy, destruction is avoidable and not a right step in any democratic setting.
A press statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, obtained by VerityNews quoted his principal to have said “demonstration is seen from various perspectives and depending on certain variables. “
The signed statement by Anwar reads: “Against the backdrop of the plaguing protests in some states of the federation, the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje met with the leadership of civil society groups in the state and explained why peace must continue to reign in the state.
During the meeting at the Africa House, Government House, Kano, Thursday, he acknowledged that, while demands are ingredients of democracy, destruction is avoidable and not a right step in any democratic setting.
“It is because of destructions that curfew is imposed in some states. Demonstration is seen from various perspectives and depending on certain variables. People should come to understand that, we have just graduated from the lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
So it is absolutely necessary to understand that anything that could cause another stay at home should be avoided,” he advised, that he was not holding the interactive session with the civil society groups in order to dig out from them why demonstrations were going on in some states, “…but rather to point out the reason why putting a halt to it is extremely important.”
“Here in Kano something started from Kofar Mata few days ago, but through dialogue we overcame the situation and peace reigned. So also another thing started erupting from Sabon Gari. We were also able to quench it through dialogue,” he revealed.
Disclosing that, those who started the trouble from Sabon Gari, “…Eight of them, were with me and we showed them the real reason why such development was avoidable and not necessary by any standard. They realised their mistake and apologised. So dialogue can heal any wound, anyway.”
Surprising that, what was expected, from where such ugly incident could happen, did not happen, “…but the other way round. We didn’t expect it to start happening from where it started. But we told them that, they too, were born in Kano and must do everything possible to see that the state continues to be in peace.”
“We reminded them about the economic position of the state, as to why they should allow peace to reign so that they too, could benefit from the peaceful atmosphere.
What we always say is, everybody is an indigene of Kano, except that some are with primordial claims elsewhere. We don’t have this issue of non-indigene in Kano,” governor Ganduje reminded.
He further reminded how Kano state government played a critical role in dousing tension some months back, when some Northern youth groups issued a Quit Notice to some sections of Nigerians to leave Northern part of the country.
“We called those youth groups and the leadership of those people from across the 19 Northern states. We sat together eye-ball-to-eye-ball. And at the end of it all, we resolved and saved the situation amicably,” he referred.
Governor Ganduje is still confident that, Kano is still one of the most peaceful states in the country. “And that is not by accident. It is Allah’s Wish and all people have agreed to live in peace with one another. We are also grateful to Allah that our security agencies work with good and genuine synergy among them,” he clarifies.
Governor reminded what happened as a build up to the then civil war, in the sixties, “There were agitations here and there. We saw how many people were killed. Which led to the civil war. So if this development continues, I think it is developing a new dimension.”
“You as leaders of the civil society groups, you are representing people. And your opinion is important and your interpretation is very important,” he concludes.
While all the groups that were present showed their commitment to peace and tranquility, they also commended the state government for steps taken to avert any trouble, which makes the state to be one of the most peaceful states in the federation. “