Emir of Kano calls for tolerance, peaceful co-existence

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace, harmony, and promote unity as well as tolerance despite religious and ethnic differences.

The Emir, during the Eid el Fitr Sallah message at the palace shortly after the sermon at the Kofar Mata Central Mosque said “Nigerians must seek peace and unity of the nation which the constitution promotes.”

He reminded Nigerians that the nation’s constitution guarantees freedom of worship, the right to live and move freely to wherever they want, which must be accepted by all, especially Muslims and Christians

He urged “leaders in the various parts of Nigeria to promote peace and tolerance among the people.”

He called on wealthy individuals to help the poor by giving alms to them, especially the Zakat fitr.

At the Kofar Mata prayer ground, the Emir prayed for President Buhari’s quick recovery, and for the ministers, governors, legislature and other arms of government for God to help them do their work effectively to the benefit of all Nigerians.

The Governor of  Kano state, Dr. Umar Ganduje in his Sallah message  said: “The lessons of tolerance, peace, fairness, justice, love and support for the less privileged and needy learnt during the Ramadan should be carried on beyond the fasting period.”

He urged people to “pray for peaceful co-existence of the nation especially at a time like this when various agitations are assuming disturbing trends.”

The Eid Fitr activity was held under tight security as eagle eyed operatives were visible all over the ancient city of Kano.

The heightened security situation came as the Department of State Security busted plans by the boko haram terrorist group to bomb major towns in the northern part of Nigeria during the Eid el Fitr celebration.