By Aliyu Yusuf, Zaria
The Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris has urged Nigerians to avoid hate speeches to promote national integration amongst the people.
The emir, who is also the Kaduna State Chairman, Council of Emirs and Chiefs stated this while addressing his subjects at his palace in Zaria during Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
He said such speeches was detrimental to oneness of Nigeria, observing that each part of the country needs one another to succeed.
The Royal Father stressed the need for dialogue in issues relating ethnicity, sectionalism and religious affiliation for Nigeria to remain an indomitable nation.
While identifying peace as a critical element for the development of any society, the monarch tasked people on the need to embrace each other for national growth.
He also pleaded with government to urgently take measures to curtail the spread of pest ravaging cultivated farms by supplying genuine pesticide to farmers.
He charged farmers and pastoralists to shield their sword and embrace one another to enable peace reign for national growth and development.
The emir said the call became necessary in view of the lingering crisis between the two groups who hitherto lived side-by-side in peace with one another.
The Royal Father said, “Let me call on farmer to avoid cultivating grazing routes and pastoralists to keep away from farmlands especially when crops are not harvested.
“People should avoid bush burning and indiscriminate felling of trees to curb the menace of desertification,” he pleaded.
The Emir called on government at all levels to re-intensify efforts toward supporting both western and Islamic education to pave way for proper child-upbringing thereby restoring societal values.
He appealed to all Nigerians to intensify prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick recovery and for sustainable peace in the country.