By Christiana Ekpa
The Emir of Katsina and Chairman, Katsina State Council of Emirates, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has described the Peace Corps of Nigeria as agent of peace, unity and national integration.
He equally stressed that, Nigeria is in dire need of organizations such as Peace Corps, at a time the Nation is sliding into deep crises as a result of insecurity, hate speeches, chauvinism, agitations, quit notice, unpatriotic and selfish interest of some leaders, amongst others.
The Royal Father who disclosed this in his palace, when he received the National officers of Peace Corps of Nigeria and Commandants from the 7 states of the North West region said Nigeria should use the opportunity to prove to the world that “We are truly giant of Africa”.
“Religious and tribal sentiments are the greatest enemies of this country. Until we learn how to tolerate each other, no matter the tribe or religion, we would not get it right in this country”, the Emir said.
The Paramount Ruler who is also the Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, said other states should learn from Katsina state, where the indigenes live happily with non – indigenes and Igbo and Yoruba having critical positions in the Emirates.
“We should be one. We live side by side, we sit down side by side to eat and drink together here. Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Birom, we should remain united. Igbos and Yorubas are my brothers and sisters, I will use my last blood to fight for one Nigeria”.
On the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill which was recently passed by the National Assembly, the Emir pledged the total support of the Emirates in Council, urging the President to quickly assent to the Bill, to help empower the teeming youth and curtail social vices in the society.