Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has called on Nigerians to embrace dialogue, respect and understanding to resolve their differences, saying the country has come too far for anyone to think of breaking away.
Ganduje stated this on Thursday at a one-day North West Citizens Summit for National Integration, Peace and Security organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Kano.
The governor said the theme of the conference reflected the reality of the country, noting that his penchant for national integration and cohesion informed his desire to give rights to everyone living in Kano to be recognised as indigenes among other efforts which have made the state one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, Ganduje said Nigerians should take a cue from what happened in countries like Rwanda and Somalia to embrace dialogue, respect and understanding as the only way to resolve differences.
Also speaking, Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru, who was represented by his deputy, Umar Namadi, said no matter what government and security agencies did to tackle insecurity, citizens must agree and actively participate in the efforts before the issues could be fixed.
Contributing, the zonal coordinator of NIPR for North West, Dr Sule Ya’u Sule, said the summit was imperative because the institute felt it should not fold its arms and allow the country to slide into anarchy.
President of the institute, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, said the outcome of the zonal summits, which would be held across the six zones, would be harmonised to produce a national charter.