From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has urged Nigerians to always put leaders in their prayers, and hold them accountable in a peaceful manner.
In a good will message felicitating with Muslims on the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir, signed by the Director General, Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, the Governor observed that prayers, not confrontation, are what Nigerian leaders require to help them navigate the ship of state through the turbulence of security and social challenges besetting the nation.
He said although it was within the right of citizens to request for a fair deal from the government, it is however, counterproductive to allow the heart to rule over the head by being confrontational in the approach.
While calling on Muslims to imbibe the virtues of respect and obedience to the command of Allah, equality and love for one another, which the annual Pilgrimage seeks to teach, he stated that the last thing the country needed is disobedience to the Constitution, which prescribes legitimate methods of seeking the government’s attention.
Governor Masari also took exception to ethnic profiling for criminal activities common on equal measure across the nation, saying that no one ethnic group or region in Nigeria has the monopoly of innocence or guilt for the slew of criminal activities that have continued to challenge the efforts of security organisations in the country.
He particularly called on the media not be too generous with its space to elements whose conversations are only tailored to widen our fault lines, nothing that our diversity ought to be a source of strength that will make Nigeria one strong and united nation.