2019: Emir of Kano calls for violence-free election

Acheme Jack, Kano

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The Emir of Kano in Northern Nigeria, Malam Muhammad Sanusi has stressed the need for political leaders to address issues of thuggery that usually breeds political violence during elections in the country.

The Emir made the call at the Kano State Government House during the traditional Hawan Nasarawa, where the Emir paid homage to Governnor Ganduje as part of activities, marking the Eid-el-Fitr.

 “Once the politicians refused to play politics according to the rule of the game, there is every tendency that many people could lose their life as a result of their action or inaction.”

“It is high time the politicians be cautioned against promoting hatred among one another or any anything capable of jeopardizing peace as an ingredient of social co-existence,’’ Sanusi emphasized.

Driving the advocacy home, the emir then called on the Kano State Government, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to as a matter of urgency convene a security meeting, with political leaders and security agents to come up with a strategy that will avert any form of violence ahead of 2019 General elections.

Emir Sanusi equally urged the Government to take decisive measures against drug abuse; ’’We have seen how drugs impacted negatively on our youths and the urgent need to take drastic measure to address the menace.

He tasked the government to also prioritize the issue of health and education for us to have a decent society, most especially as no society in the world can develop than the level of education acquired by its people.”

He hailed Governor Ganduje for the rehabilitation of the Emir’s palace (Kofar Kudu), which has uplifted the status of the Emirate.

Responding, the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje decried the conduct of some politicians, who are hell bent on attacking political opponents in order to smear their names and their reputation, which they have built over the years.

According to the Governor, the present day political class is dangerously playing with words in the local media to denigrate the status of their opponent in the eyes of the general public.

“Having critically observed what is going on this time round, we decided to invite leaders of about 53 political parties in the state and mobilize them on the need to avoid politics of condemnation and attack on personalities.”

“I feel that once this trend is allowed to continue unchecked, people of integrity might not be willing to participate in politics, or think of contributing their quota to national development,” the governor explained.

Ganduje posited that what is obtained in this state is a far cry from what is obtainable in the Southern part of the country, where highly responsible personalities are seen participating in politics and retire home with their image intact after a meritorious service to their people.

Ganduje disclosed that the State Government has constituted a committee that interface between farmers and herdsmen, so as to mediate in their relationship to reduce conflict between them.