By Uju Maduakor
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has called on non-indigenes in the state to focus on their legitimate endeavours, assuring them that they have no cause to fear for their safety.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Labaran Malumfashi, said the Governor, who spoke against the backdrop of the heightened tension between the Nigerian military and some irredentist militants in the South Eastern part of the country, assured that Katsina State is safe for every resident regardless of their relgious, ethnic and regional background.
“Let me once again call on and reassure our fellow Nigerians from outside Katsina, but chose to live among us in persuit of their livelihood, to go about their lawfuf activities with hope and confidence in the belief of our ability and willingness to give adequate protection to everybody without prejudice to any group.
“We will lead in accordance with the oath of office we swore to uphold, which is “to treat all manner of people without fear or or favour, illwill or affection. This natiinal covenant is in ryhm with our age-long slogan of “Katsina is Home of Heritage and Hospitality”.
“We nake bold to state without fear of contradiction that Katsina is the most peaceful state in Nigeria, where differences of background are non issues as far as the indigenes are concerned.
It is in our religion and culture to treat our guests with no less docurum and hospitality as we would ourselves. Accordingly, we will not fold our arms and allow any body or group to breach the peaceful ambience Katsina State is famed for.
“Let me therefoe urge our people to live by these ethos and disregard any information which is capable of breaching the peasceful ambiance in the state. We should regard all Nigetian as brothers and sisters.
“And while we are at it, let us not forget to always seek God’s intercession for our various challenges through regular prayers for the nation and our leaders”.