Gov. Ganduje vows to protect non-Muslims in Kano

Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State says it is the responsibility of the state government to protect adherents of other religions resident in the state.

According to him, the state government has identified religious intolerance as one of the factors causing "commotion".

Hence, the government has summoned all stakeholders and drawn resolutions towards fighting the menace for general growth and development.

Speaking at a galla night at the Kano State government house yesterday, Gov. Ganduje said Kano state relies on the "dexterity" of all nationals towards the socioeconomic advancement of life.

Therefore, the state he said is ready to do all to maximize the opportunity created by the coming of all interested persons for business and investment.

"Everyone who comes to Kano comes for a purpose, which is to earn a living.

"In doing so, they add in some way to the microeconomic advancement of the state and that is an advantage to us.

"God created us all differently and everyone has his own areas of comparative advantage.

"The essence is for us all to tap from the dexterity of one another," he said.

The Governor's comments are coming few years after violent protests resulting in several deaths in parts of Nigeria especially Kano, owing to religious extremism.

In 2015, an Igbo woman was beheaded in the Centre of Commerce as Kano is referred, after she allegedly blasphemed God.

Two similar incidences followed shortly in Kaduna and Abuja, until the cessation movements in Southern Nigeria which led to more killings in 2016 and 2017.

The Nigerian government has yet to resolve issues of ethno-religious intolerance in the country hence the persistent calls for political restructuring.

Whether President Muhammad Buhari considers the calls or not, observers say such is going to be a major impediment to his reelection bid.

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