The Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Wednesday ordered residents of the states to use the celebration of Democracy Day as a sober reflection period to pray for the return of permanent peace to the states and the country in general.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Communications, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Gaidam asked that the occasion should be celebrated low-key, stressing that there was need to pray for the continued peace of the state.
Bego claimed that, “so far, Damaturu township has enjoyed nine straight months of violence free”, noting that the feat called for gratitude to God with renewed prayers for its sustenance.
He also said there had been uninterrupted peace in other parts of the state in the last two months, stressing that: “His Excellency, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has enjoined all Yobean to celebrate the Democracy Day by praying in their respective churches and mosques for the continuing sustenance of the peace that had so far returned to us.”
Meanwhile, Shettima, while urging the people of the state to be united as the nation continues to find solution to the security challenges, said leaders, their supporters, political actors and other Nigerians could not afford to fight one another, especially with the current state of insecurity in the country.
Shettima, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mallam Isa Gusau, the governor called on leaders, political actors and citizens within and outside the State to come together as one so that they focus on addressing the problems facing the states and the nation.