Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has condemned the violence that erupted in Suleja leading to the disruption of PDP rally saying that the incident was a departure from what his administration stands for.
In a strong worded statement issued on Tuesday in Minna and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, the governor distanced himself and his administration from the attack.
He decried the face-off and warned that violent acts in any guise will not be condoned by his administration saying that “My attention has been drawn to the violent clash between supporters of two political parties in Suleja on Monday. I condemn the unfortunate situation and let it be known to all Nigerlites that violent act in any form and under any disguise will not be tolerated by government.
“The Suleja incident was a total departure of what we stand for. Throughout my electioneering campaign, I went about preaching peace, even in the face of provocation. There was no justification for anybody to take laws into their hands.
“I condemn the face-off in Suleja on Monday and call on security agents to fish out the perpetrators of the violent clash and allow the law take its course on anyone found guilty,” the governor declared.
According to him “As the Saturday, January 16, 2016 local government election inches in, our people have to shun all violent acts. All candidates and their parties should endeavour to sell their programmes to the electorate rather than resorting to violence.
“There is nowhere in the world that violence has produced the desire of the people, rather, it takes a people and nation backwards.
“The security agents have been given directive to investigate the Suleja incident and to ensure that Saturday’s local elections are free of violence or malpractices. The era of intimidation is gone.
…Mourns Former SMG
Governor of Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello has expressed deep shock and sadness over the death of a former Secretary to the State Military Government (SMG) and Ambassador to Malaysia, Alhaji Abdurrahman Gara.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, the governor said the state has indeed lost a rare gem whose lifetime was devoted to the his creator and humanity as a whole.