The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday in Kano called for the removal of the indigeneship clause from the constitution and suggested that one should be an indigene of wherever one lives and pays taxes.
He also expressed his opposition to extremism in religious practice, stressing that it had no place in Islam.
He described the activities of Boko Haram as incompatible with the doctrines of Islam and argued that the Boko Haram insurgents were not true Muslims as Islam neither allows the slaughtering of human beings nor the setting of people, churches and mosques ablaze.
Ganduje expressed his views in the keynote address he delivered at the Second Kano Interfaith and Community Relations Conference for Peace and Sustainable Development.
According to him, every resident of Kano is an indigene of Kano as long as the person pays tax.
He said, ‘’Because you contribute to the socio-economic development of that place, you contribute to the peace of that place. So, according to our own memo to the National Assembly, the issue of indigeneship should be removed from the constitution so that those who are staying in various places and contributing to the socio-economic development of those areas should be regarded as indigenes of those areas.’’
He explained that the conference was meant to strengthen and improve on the relationship between Muslims and Christians, which he stressed, must be a very honest and sincere relationship, a relationship based on love and commitment to peaceful co-existence.
The governor said, “Not only that, even to the communities in Kano, various ethnic nationalities in Kano, whether Muslims or Christians, we want to live in peace. We appreciate you all because you contribute to the socio-economic development of Kano State.
“We are all creatures of God; we are all created by God. If Allah wanted all of us to be Muslims in the degree of faith, all of us would be Muslims; if God wanted all of us to be Christians, all of us would be Christians. So, God created all of us, different tribes, different races, different nationalities, men and women. And that is the work of God. Some are tall, some are short, some are fat and some are slim, some are healthy, some are ill; that is the work of God. So, if it is God, the Almighty, who said we must stay together, we must co-exist. So, why are we deviating from the word of God?’’
In his address, the Governor of Adamawa State, Bindow Jibrilla, stated that Christians and Muslims would have enjoyed peaceful co-existence, if only they had complied with the 10 commandments of Moses.
According to him, only a slim margin separates both religions as both religions preach peace and love and are opposed to the slaughtering of anybody.
As a part of the activities to mark the occasion, the Christian Association of Nigeria presented an award to Ganduje for his commitment to ensuring peaceful co-existence among Muslims and Christians in the state.
Responding, Ganduje said the award was for the good people of Kano and Imams for ensuring peaceful co-existence among Christians and Muslims, which he said was responsible for the peace in Kano.
Prominent among those who attended the event were top Muslim and Christian leaders.