Nasir El-rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has praised security agencies for their ongoing offensive against terrorists, kidnappers, and other criminals in the state.
The governor made the remarks on Wednesday in Kaduna, while launching the fourth edition of the Kaduna Book and Art Festival.
“In the last six weeks, there has been an improved offensive operation against criminals, and we are confident that if it is sustained, people will be able to drive or take the train to Kaduna without fear,” he said.
He thanked the festival’s organisers for coming to Kaduna to hold the event despite “what people say about the state.”
Mr El-Rufai said that his vision was to ensure that Kaduna remained a place where everyone feels at home, with no provision for indigene, tribe or religion.
According to him, what should matter is the common humanity, such that everyone who chooses to live, work and pay tax is indigenous to Kaduna.
The governor expressed happiness to see many young people doing so well in poetry and writing, doing wonderful things with their lives.
“The future of Kaduna is in the hands of young people, particularly women; we are determined to give them opportunities to excel.
Mr El-Rufai also spoke on the 2023 polls, urging citizens to vote people who would address their problems “not those who created them”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a lifetime achievement award was presented to Prof. Audee Giwa whose creative works delineate the various layers of life experiences in Northern Nigeria.