Malam Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor-elect, on Sunday in Kaduna, urged the people of the state to shun religious sentiments, eschew violence and live in peace with one another in order for the state to attain its desired developmental dreams.
Mr Samuel Aruwan, the governor-elect’s spokesmen, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday and made available to newsmen, said that el-Rufai urged the people to focus on good governance and genuine development, being the incoming government’s priority.
The statement said: “Our good people of Kaduna State, we are again grateful for the mandate you gave us on April 11.
“I am begging you in the name of Almighty God to live in peace and work together for a new Kaduna State.
“Let us all strategise for a better state where peace, unity and development would abound by sowing positive seeds in the minds of our children.
“Let us create a better state for the future generations by building for them a stronger Kaduna State.’’
The former FCT Minister who won the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a landslide margin against the incumbent PDP governor stressed that the APC-led government will be a “responsible and responsive government.’’
el-Rufai said that he was conscious of the burden given to him by God through the people and promised not to let them down.
He, therefore, urged the people of the state to pray fervently for the incoming administration, and give their maximum support and cooperation for a better Kaduna State.
It said that el-Rufai further advised the people to beware of those who hide under the guise of religion to forment trouble, adding that “manipulators of religion do not mean good to the people and the society as a whole.’’
“I will continue to say it, those deceiving the citizens using religion and ethnicity do not mean well.
“They are dangerous and they retard the progress as a people bound together by God; we must mobilise our people to stand up for the common good,’’ he said.
The Governor-elect, therefore, pledged to treat all people equally, without any recourse to religion, ethnic or political bias.