LEADERSHIP GUIDANCE KEY TO PEACE – DG NOA
The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has identified the role of leadership in guiding followers as very germaine in ensuring peace and stability.
He made this observation at an interactive forum on peace and security organized by the Agency for stakeholders from various ethnic and religious backgrounds in Katsina on Wednesday. Mr. Omeri observed that the Government of Katsina State and the leaders of various communities of non-indigenes in the State had done a lot to eliminate discrimination and protect non-indigenes resident in the State.
The NOA boss who explained the purpose of the forum as an avenue to generate commitment from all stakeholders to the maintenance of the subsisting peace in the State. He emphasized the oneness of all mankind as people of common descent; hence violence against anyone anywhere is violence against one’s brother. He therefore urged all stakeholders to continuously collaborate with each other and with the government to promote peace and security.
Among stakeholders present at the forum was the Onowu Igbo (leader of the Igbo community) in Katsina, Chief Jonathan Nwosu who had lived in Katsina for forty years; Sarkin Yoruba, Chief Moshood Olorunfemi who had lived in Katsina for forty-six years; Sarkin Nupe, Alhaji Ndanusa Yakubu; Sarkin Igala, Alhaji Mohammed Idakwoji who had lived in the State for eighteen years; representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Katsina, Dr. Adewale Adediran; representative of the Imam of Katsina; staff of the NOA and the media.
In their separate remarks, the various stakeholders reiterated their commitment to one united and indivisible Nigeria despite differences in tribes and religion. They affirmed the status of Katsina State as “Home of Hospitality” stressing that they have enjoyed peace, acceptance and hospitality from natives of the State who see them not as non-indigenes but as “indigenous Nigerians living in Katsina”.
They however noted the importance of respect for the customs and traditions of the natives by non-natives in any community as an essential for peaceful co-existence. They said their various groups have continuously sensitized their respective communities on this imperative; hence their delight at similar effort by the NOA not only in Katsina State but across the Federation.