From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Kano state Governor , Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on saturday had a crusial security meeting involving representatives of various security agencies, the Emirate Council, non-indegenous traditional institutions, religious leaders, opinion leaders, among other stakeholders so as to ensure free, fair and violent-free elections.
Ganduje said he undertook the pro-active measure to forestall any plot of breach of peace during the elections, pointing out that it is the desire of his administration to ensure peace, protection of lives and property, during and after the forthcoming elections.
According to him, the leaders and stakeholders in the state, gathered, primarily, to brainstorm on how best to streghten security in the state, so as to ensure a peaceful conduct of the exercise.
The meeting held at Africa House, Government House, was tagged “Kano state Joint Security Committee meeting.
Ganduje, while speaking commended all stakeholders in the state for making it possible for Kano to keep on excelling as one of the most peaceful state in the country, urging them to put in more efforts so as to sustain the tempo.
The state Chief Security Officer also tasked residents to remain more vigilant over movements of strange people, as well as happenings around them.
He noted that, “through our experience from other states, we can understand that rural communities are more prone to violence and criminal activities, than urban areas.
“That is the main reason why we must make sure that, our traditional rulers, at the community level, especially, work closely with their communities in having the needed intelligence for a more peaceful state.
“That is also where the local government chairmen Monthly security meeting is very important, after they must have received reports from our traditional leaders. We are all doing our best in the state.”
According to him, “information is vital in designing effective and efficient strategy for the security of the state at large. We must commend all our security agencies, the Emirate Council, all other stakeholders and the public in securing our communities.”
Ganduje, however, expressed joy over the lasting peace, harmony and coexistence among adherent of different religions in the state, adding that, “we have a forum where adherent of the different religious background interact, with the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence and harmony.”
He, however, noted that, “with prayers from all parts of the society, coupled with the unrelenting efforts of the security agencies, Kano has achieved much as a peaceful state.”
The Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi 11, in his remarks, commended Governor Ganduje for convoking the meeting and prayed that it will go a long way in ensuring peace in the state during and after the elections.