BY MSUE AZA
…Says Kaduna Is Peaceful
The Kaduna State Government has warned mischief makers to stop sharing false information on social media, saying Kaduna is peaceful.
While assuring residents of their safety, government reiterated that it will not tolerate hate speech and incitement.
In a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to protect life and property in the state.
The statement said: “Members of the public should verify information before they share. Kaduna State is peaceful. No community or market is under attack, and robust efforts are being applied to maintain the peace.”
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to assure all residents of their safety. The state government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to secure lives and property. Therefore, every citizen should go about their lawful duties, without let or hindrance.
“The security situation is under constant review, including events that have taken place in other parts of the country. Our diverse communities will not be engulfed by negative conduct that has taken place elsewhere. The security agencies are staging shows of force and patrols as part of the effort to build confidence among citizens and deter mischief-makers.”
“The police and the SSS are also engaged in outreach to our communities to update them and to provide reassurance. Our traditional institutions have also been alerted, and they are engaging people in their domains to keep the peace.
The statement added: “Every resident must live up to their civic responsibilities, and must shun and report anyone seeking or urging reprisals against innocents. The Kaduna State Government urges everyone to resist the temptation to take the law into their hands. There should be no recourse to self-help in Kaduna State. It will not be tolerated and will be punished accordingly. In times like these, every citizen is expected to do their duty to uphold peace and harmony.”
“Government wishes to reiterate that it will not tolerate hate speech and incitement. Members of the public should verify information before they share. Kaduna State is peaceful. No community or market is under attack, and robust efforts are being applied to maintain the peace.
Meanwhile, the Igbo and Yoruba communities met with the Kaduna State commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, declaring that Kaduna is peaceful.
The community leaders blamed the social media for spreading false and inciting information to cause crisis, maintaining that nobody should take any anything posted online seriously by agents of disunity.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the meeting, President Igbo community in Kaduna, Nnoli Chris, said the Igbo community reinstate its stand on the peace and unity of Nigeria.
“Some people are agents of disunity, they are on social media spreading fake news. There is no iota of truth because Kaduna is peaceful and all of us are going about our normal businesses without problem. We concluded that we will maintain peace. We are totally for peace and unity of this country. As far we are concerned”
On his part, Acting President of Yoruba community in Kaduna, Yinka Olapade, said there was no sign of panic in Kaduna as been asserted by agents of destruction.
Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Police Command, Agyole Abeh, said:” Kaduna is peaceful and we don’t want any problem. We will sustain peace in Kaduna. Continue with your normal businesses. Everything is going on normal here in Kaduna State:”