Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has attributed the peaceful coexistence in the state to the respect and tolerance towards all tribes and religions of everyone living in the state.
Ganduje also said all other ethnic and religious groups in the country were each other’s brothers, hence the need for them to embrace peace and unity irrespective of their differences for rapid development and peaceful coexistence.
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The governor made these remarks at the weekend in Kano while speaking at the palace of the Oba (king) of the Yoruba in the state, during a ceremony to celebrate his recent chieftaincy title of Aare Fiwajoye of Ibadanland.
Daily Trust reports that on June 18, Ganduje alongside his wife, Professor Hafsat Umar Ganduje, were conferred with chieftaincy titles of Aare Fiwajoye and Yeye Aare Fiwajoye of Ibadanland, respectively.
Ganduje said over the years, Kano had had several religious and ethnic crises but with the recent approach of equal treatment to each tribe and religion, the state had no any sign of ethnic or religious conflicts, adding that all other tribes residing in the state were considered as indigenes.
“Even when there are security challenges, we make sure that as we protect our mosques, we also protect our churches because we are all human beings and God has made us in diversity. So, we have to thank and appreciate God for that, and also embrace each other to live as brothers and sisters,” he said.
The king of Yoruba Kano, Murtala Alimi Otisese, said the celebration became necessary as the chieftaincy titles to the governor and his wife were befitting and worth honouring.
“When his Excellency and his wife were conferred with the befitting chieftaincy titles, my people and I were not able to attend due to distance, hence this day to officially celebrate the worthy chieftaincy titles which did not just come from the blues but accumulations of worthy acts.”
He, however, urged the governor to allocate land for the construction of a Yoruba Secretariat in the state, which the governor promised to do.