▪︎Minister confirms Buhari’s directive to FEC members to assist State Govs achieve peace in their states
NAN had reported Adamu to have told the governor that he would be meeting political, community, religious and traditional leaders across the state to work out peace and harmony in the state and in the country.
He had listed other stakeholders that he would meet with to include youth associations, community-based organisations and civil society organisations.
The minister, according to NAN, pointed out that the meeting followed a directive from President Muhammad Bahuri to members of the Federal Executive Council.
“I’m on instruction of Mr President, President Muhammadu Buhari to come to Jigawa my own state.
“And this is the directive he has given to all ministers and other members of the executive council to go to our respective states and engage political, community, religious and traditional leaders on current event happening in the country.
“The President also asked me to commiserate with the state and Nigerians, even though there was no turbulence here, but lives and property were lost, and this has emotional and traumatic impact on all citizens of Nigeria,” the minister said.
According to him, the President was also thankful to the people of the state, particularly youths, over the way they conducted themselves during the protest.
“The President, right from the beginning of the protest endorsed the demand of the protesters to disband the SARS, which he did immediately and promised to reform the police.
“Subsequently and unfortunately hoodlums hijacked what was meant to be peaceful and in so doing, began to infringe on the rights of other peace loving Nigerians.
“But in spite of that, the government exercised a lot of restrain on the issue which unfortunately led to lost of live and property that is of great concern to any responsible government, especially our own,” Adamu said.
He added that Buhari also commended religious and traditional leaders in the state for all their prayers and well wishes.
“Nigeria has a lot of challenges and as people that believe in God we all have faith, whether Muslims or Christians, we all believe that in the end, God decides and solves our problems,” Adamu said.
The minister urged youths in the state to continue to support the Federal Government’s ongoing economic development programmes.
“I urge the youths in Jigawa to take advantage of of opportunities provided by the FG to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Youth leaders should mobilize them to partake in all the FG’s intervention programmes meant to better the lives of Nigerians youths,” he said.