Kaduna Governor receives certificate of return, calls for peace

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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Kaduna State Governor in North-West Nigeria, Nasiru El-Rufai has called on the people of the State to say a collective farewell to division and strive to make contributions to peace and harmony in building more secured communities.

El-Rufai made the statement when he received the certificate of return from INEC and all the newly elected members of the Hose of Assembly.

He advised everyone to ensure that the divisions and pains of the past do not become the State’s destiny as the future can be better when people work together.

He said now is the time for unity of purpose, saying there is no need to wallow in narrow divisions since everyone can collectively work for progress in recognition of the State’s common heritage as children of Adam and Eve.

“Our government is committed to uniting the people of this State as diversity is no excuse for not working together. We should see and embrace diversity as a source of strength, let us remove barriers and not allow religion or ethnic identities to deter us from respecting the rights of others, acknowledging their citizenship and obeying the law.”

The Governor expressed gratitude to the people of Kaduna State for the verdict they delivered at the polls. “We shall always prove ourselves worthy of your trust.”

He said they appreciate the significance of their re-election as it is a mandate for putting people first as they discharge their responsibility to lead the State.

“With their votes, the people of Kaduna State have shattered many myths of the entitled elites. They have demonstrated that they know who is standing up for their interest. They have shown that they appreciate the difficult and top decisions intended to deliver for them the quality of opportunities.”

In her address, while issuing the certificates, the National Commissioner supervising FCT, Nigeria, Kaduna and Plateau States, Proffesor Antonia Okoosi said there is improved integrity in the electoral system as the Commission has conducted the sixth successive elections without an interregnum.

“The elections are becoming more competitive as the margins between winners and runners-up are decreasing to the extent that in many instances, elections into executive and legislatures are increasingly becoming inconclusive.”