KATSINA – Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has urged Nigerians to shun all forms of violence before, during after the forthcoming general elections.
Shema made the call on Sunday in Katsina at a one-day workshop on the ‘Role of Scholars, Security Agents and Other Stakeholders During the 2015 General Elections’.
The workshop was organised by the state government in collaboration with Alkhair Community Support Foundation, an NGO, working toward sustaining peace in the country.
Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Abdullahi Faskari, Shema also called on religious and political leaders to continue to enlighten their followers on the importance of peaceful coexistence.
‘’Peace is necessary for development, without which, nothing can be achieved; we should always use peace and dialogue as a means of realising our dreams.
‘’We should desist from violence because whenever it occurs, its consequences affect all,’’ he said.
He said that was the reason his administration provided the level playing ground for people to practice their religions without hindrance, so as to maintain peace and harmony.
Shema also urged Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and stability so that the country would be able to conduct elections devoid of violence.