By AbdulRaheem Aodu
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state said his administration had been able to maintain relative peace in the state because it had built on the peace map left behind by the Late ex-Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.
Addressing the centenary thanksgiving service held at First Baptist Church, Kaduna, yesterday as part of activities marking the celebration of 100 years of Kaduna city, el-Rufai, who was represented by his Deputy, Arch. Bala Barnabas Bantex, said Lord Fredrick Lugard who marked Kaduna City in 1917 had a vision of mega city for the state.
According to him, the place names and streets of the city testifies to the fact that the state is home for all.
He said: “We have been able to maintain relative peace since we came on board about two years ago because we have continued to build on peace map the late Governor Ibrahim Yakowa developed for the state. It is his road map of peace we are following and it has helped us to maintain peace we now have in the state. It was stopped after him, but when we came in, we have to continue with it. We have named General Hospital, Kafanchan, after him and all the roads in his home town will be fixed.
“There must be justice in the home, in politics, in projects and so on. We use the word justice often but we don’t do it. We can avoid a lot of things if we do justice to everyone. Problems emanate from neglected parts of the city because we are breeding criminals there.”
The Host, Rev. Banjo Ajao, thanked the state government for making his church, the venue of thanksgiving service, urging it to improve on the security of lives and property of the people in order to attract more local and foreign investors to the state.