Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of peaceful coexistence to reduce burden on security operatives.
Governor El-Rufai noted that with peace among Nigerians, the work load on security operatives would be reduced.
He made the call on Sunday at the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration and Laying of Wreaths held at the Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.
The governor, who observed that security operatives were making a lot of sacrifices for Nigeria, stressed the need for the citizens to ensure a peaceful society.
He assured the people of Kaduna State that as the Chief Security Officer of the state, he would carry out his responsibilities without fear or favour.
Governor El-Rufai said that the Remembrance Day celebration was a sad reminder of those who died for Nigeria, and also those who made selfless sacrifice for its people.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is an annual event to celebrate fallen heroes, as well as veterans who sacrificed their lives as they valiantly fought in and through the first and second world wars, the civil war, as well as peace support missions.
Prayers were offered for the soul of the departed heroes while Governor El-Rufai led dignitaries in the state to lay wreaths in honour of the fallen soldiers.
The high point of the event was the firing of 21 gun salute for the departed heroes and release of pigeons to signify peace.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has called on youths in the country to shun all forms of violence that can cause crisis.
Zonal Commander in charge of Zone D, Mrs Abosede Mercy, said this on Wednesday during a routine visit to the Niger State Command.
She stressed the need for religious leaders to preach and educate their followers on the importance of peaceful coexistence.
“Nigeria youth must understand that they are brothers and must be their brothers’ keeper. Instead of instigating crisis or taking laws into their hands, they should preach peace and build cordial relationship.
“The only thing Nigerians must imbibe now is true peace, love for one another and we must all shun every form of violence,” she said.
Mrs Mercy said that the NSCDC, especially her Zone, is making concerted efforts to revitalise intelligence gathering and personnel mobility.
She added that as part of plans to improve the services of the Corps in Niger State, the Command would soon relocate to a more befitting building that will accommodate its staff in the state.
Pope Francis has called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, particularly residents of Osun State, irrespective of the socio-cultural and religious beliefs.
The Pope made the appeal during a visit of the Roman Catholic Church to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo, the state capital.
The Catholic Pontif, who was represented by Most Reverend Augustine Kassujja, said that dialogue instead of violence should be ensued in resolving issues of disagreement between people of diverse culture, tradition, religion and beliefs.
While welcoming the Catholic leadership to the state, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, expressed the commitment of the state government to working with all religious representations in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.
He added that the virtues of tolerance, compassion, love and accommodation must be imbibed by adherents of different religions.