Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, has stated that all residents in Kano State are indigenes of the state, irrespective of ethnic, cultural and religious differences.
The Emir while speaking at the 10th Ofala festival of Eze Ndigbo Kano, His Royal Highness, Chief (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe stated that discrimination against tribal lines is prohibited in Islam.
He said, “The wealth and prosperity of Kano are based on its ability as a cosmopolitan city. For us in Kano, whether you are Nupe, Yoruba, Igbo, Kanuri, Muslim, Christian, if you identify yourself as a son of Kano, you are from Kano.”
“Religion of Islam expressly prohibit tribalism. The Qu’aran is very clear on these issues. Allah says all mankind were created from one man and one woman (Adam and Eve). We made you as people from different tribes so that you can recognize each other. The best of all among you is he who fears God.”
Emir Sanusi expressed delight that since his emergence as the Emir of Kano State that there has been no ethnic clash in the Kano.
“I want us to pray that the peace we are enjoying today shall continue; and in other parts of the country where we are experiencing ethnic clash and other problems of insecurity should also have peace”.
He stated that the country is designed by God to have unity in diversity.
“I urge everyone of you to build friendship across ethnic and religious divides and also maintain that friendship.”
“It is the wish of Allah that Nigeria has many ethnic and religious groups. We should maintain peace and live in peace. Many of you here today were born in Kano, your parents were also born here in Kano. So, who can come and tell you that you are not an indigene? We are all one and we should live together as brothers and sisters.”
He also called on Igbo leaders in the state to embrace peace and unity among themselves, he noted that if they remain divided it will be hard for them to achieve a common goal.
“The leader is a father of everybody and the leader should, in turn, accept everyone and be a father to everyone”.
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, in his statement ensures that the Sabon Gari community enjoy more democratic dividends within the next four years.
He pointed to the massive infrastructure development and healthcare delivery in Sabon Gari which was carried out during his first term in office and promised that he will achieve more during his second term in office.
Eze Ndigbo in Kano, Chief Ibekwe commended Governor Ganduje and Emir of Kano for ensuring peaceful co-existence in Kano and promised to use his good office to appeal to Igbo and other ethnic nationalities resident in Kano to maintain peace.
The occasion had in attendance the Eze Ndigbos in the 19 northern states and other Royal Fathers from the South-East.