2019 elections: Rural communities more prone to violence–Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sought the support of security agencies and the Emirate Council to sustain peace in Kano state, warning that rural areas are more prone to violence as the 2019 general elections approach.

The governor, who revealed this during a joint security committee meeting at the state government house on Saturday, said however that Kano citizens are willing to help entrench peace in the state.

“While Kano excels as a peaceful state among sister states of the federation, more needs to be done from the part of communities. The public needs to be more vigilant in the happenings around them,” he said, according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his press secretary.

“Through our experience from other states, we can understand that rural communities are more prone to violence and criminal activities, than urban areas.

“That is the main reason why we must make sure that, our traditional rulers, at the community level, especially, work closely with their communities in having the needed intelligence for a more peaceful state.

“That is also where the local government chairmen Monthly security meeting is very important, after they must have received reports from our traditional leaders. We are all doing our best in the state,” he added.

Ganduje also explained that, information is vital in designing effective and efficient strategy for the security of the state at large, emphasising that “we must commend all our security agencies, the Emirate Council, all other stakeholders and the public in securing our communities.”

“We have a forum where adherent of different religious backgrounds interact, with the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence and harmony,” he said.

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