The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday, urged politicians to shun acts that would culminate in blood shed and loss of lives and properties as activities bordering on 2019 General Election begin to unveil.
The monarch further pleaded with those vying for public office, to avoid comments that are inflammable.
Emir Sanusi, addressing thousands of non natives, who had converged to witness the official foundation laying ceremony of the palace of the Eze Ndi Igbo, Kano, cautioned on how important it is for Nigerians to co-habit and live in peace, noting that patriotism should be the foreword of politicians and the entirety of Nigerians, prior, during and after the electioneering period.
The Emir noted that Kano, which plays host to people with divergent religious and ethnic backgrounds, has enjoyed peaceful co-existence among its residents, maintaining that, Kano Emirate Council, under his watch, would continue to promote economic growth by encouraging peaceful co-existence among the inhabitants of the ancient city, regardless of their tribal origin, economic background or creed.
Emir Sanusi pleaded with the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to initiate and fund the construction of a hereditary residence for Igbo, Yoruba, and Edo traditional rulers in the state.
He disclosed that Kano Emirate Council, in a bid to strengthen the cordial relationship among the existing tribal groupings in the state, has placed non indigenous traditional rulers on salaries, “We don’t have non-indigenes in Kano, provided your intentions are positive, you are welcome to Kano and consider yourself to be an indigene, that is our tradition in Kano,” the monarch stated.
In buttressing his earlier position on the liberal nature of the ancient city, the Emir disclosed that recent census revealed that there are 1,200 central mosques in Kano; likewise, there are also 800 churches in Kano.
According to the royal father, terrorism, rape, and armed robbery are all products of the sales and consumption of dangerous and hard drugs in the country. He urged all and sundry to arise and engage in the fight against the menace of drug abuse.
In his remark, Eze Ndi Igbo, Kano, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, said the Igbos in Kano appreciate the brotherly reception extended to the hundreds of thousands of Igbos residing in the state.
Ibekwe thanked Kano State government for allotting a plot of land to –Ndi-igbo, purposely for the construction of a befitting palace to host the Igbo traditional leadership in the state.