by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has appealed for calm in the wake of disturbances and tension in some parts of the north, following the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, on the allegation of blasphemy.
In a statement, the governor said “Peaceful coexistence in a plural society like ours is not only necessary, but the first condition for growth and development.
“Peace is in the best interest of everyone. Without peace, we cannot sleep; without peace, we cannot work. Peace is the bedrock of everything; without it, our dreams die,” he said.
The governor admonished the general public to be accommodating and tolerant of the nation’s religious and cultural diversities so as to make the Nigerian society a destination of choice for many people in and around the world.
Governor Bello then appealed to traditional rulers, community, religious and opinion leaders to refrain from making inflammatory statements.