…As thousands of youth support Ganduje’s peace efforts
From Abba Anwar
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, warns that the state government would not tolerate any breach of peace, under whatever guise, in the state, assuring that, his government would not fold arms and watch people instigating instability.
Explaining that, “As a governor of Kano state and the Chief Security officer of the state, I cannot sleep if any drop of blood is wasted. Brandishing of harmful objects is also abhorred by my administration.”
He made the assertions when an amalgamation of over 300 different associations, under the platform of Kano Peace Ambassadors paid him a visit assuring him of their resolve to promote peaceful coexistence before, during and after the next Saturday’s gubernatorial re-run election.
They marched from the Emir’s Palace to the Government House, in thousands, over ten thousands, when governor Ganduje received them at the main gate of the Government House, while they were jubilating.
A letter was given to Ganduje, explaining their clear resolve to always see peace exists in the state. Amongst the associations that paid the call, were National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kano State chapter, under the state chairman Comrade Kabiru Ado Lakwaya and National Association of Kano State Students Association (NAKSS) with the National President, Aliyu Maikasuwa Rano, amongst others.
Ganduje said he was not speaking as a gubernatorial candidate, but as the executive governor of Kano state and the chief security officer of the state, that “…anybody wishing to disrupt the peace and stability of the state will not go scot-free. Kano is a very peaceful state and must remain peaceful.”
After corroborating the efforts of those who gathered at the event, governor Ganduje referred that before the presidential and national assembly elections, he, alongside other gubernatorial candidates signed a Peace Accord assuring that they would not forment any trouble, before, during and after elections.
Similar Accord was signed, according to the governor, before the gubernatorial and state assembly elections. Explaining further that, “After the signing of the Accord, I invited all the contestants for a group photograph. Which they all joined at the venue of the signing event.”
After the signing ceremony, he said he also invited all the gubernatorial contestants to Government House, for a special dinner. “All the contestants were there with the exception of only one. I am just trying to prove to you how peaceful our government is” he challenges.
Abubakar Muhammad Janaral who co-led the groups commended Ganduje for making statements that are peaceful in all intent and purposes, emphasising that, “Your Excellency we are monitoring speeches that are being made by political leaders in the state, we found out that, many out there are only triggers to instability.”
Janaral said “We are indeed commending your political statements, that prove to be in line with peaceful engagements. Anyone you see here Your Excellency is a Peace Ambassador Sir.”
“Sir, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, we urge you to continue promoting peace and stability in the state. And we are living witnesses that your speeches then and now are all drivers to peace and stability,” he added.
All leaders of some of the associations who spoke at the event urged politicians and other leaders of the society to always watch what they say, particularly as the state gubernatorial re-run election is fast approaching.
Anwar is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State