Governor Nasir El’Rufai of Kaduna state has appealed to the people to be patient and bear the pains that could be afflicted on them in the course of implementing policies to uplift the state.
El-Rufai made the appeal at his inauguration for second term in office.
The governor also appealed to the people to embrace peace and abhor violence.
“We must replace the legacy of division and violence with one of peaceful, collective endeavour in progressive undertakings. We should not maroon ourselves on the desert islands of identity politics, or neglect the obligations of our common humanity.
“As stated in our acceptance speech after the election, we will continue to do our utmost to unite our state and rid our communities of strife.
“The pain of loss is unbearable, and it has been felt too frequently by too many of our fellow citizens.
“Strife is not our destiny, neither is division preordained. Let us come together in the ever more urgent task of human progress.
He said that they would continue to be vigorous in the implementation of our governance agenda of Putting People First.
“During our first term, we signalled and then demonstrated that we stand firmly with ordinary people. We put the needs of ordinary people at the centre of governance.
“Our goal is to educate every child; to create jobs. to care for the sick, to protect life and property and to comfort the afflicted. To strive for peace in our time.
“Let us cherish our diversity while embracing equal citizenship, the rule of law, and respect for the lives and livelihoods of all who call Kaduna State home
“Whatever our partisan affiliations and however we might have voted, we are all compatriots and fellow citizens. It is time to put politics aside and work together in the urgent task of improving the lives of all our people, and keeping them safe.
Ours is the government of everyone who lives in Kaduna State. I call on every resident of Kaduna State to join hands with us in the hard tasks that lie ahead. Back in March 2019, we all made our democratic choices, and freely expressed our preferences.’’
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