El-Rufai praises army’s offensive against terrorists

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has praised the security services for mounting an ongoing offensive against terrorists, kidnappers and other criminals in the state.

The governor gave the honorable mention in Kaduna on Wednesday and declared the 4th edition of the Kaduna Book and Art Festival open.

“Over the past six weeks there has been an enhanced offensive operation against criminals and we are confident that if it holds up, people will be able to drive comfortably without any security or taking the train to Kaduna,” he said.

He thanked the festival’s organizers for coming to Kaduna to hold the event, despite “what people are saying about the state”.

El-Rufai said his vision was to ensure that Kaduna would remain a place where everyone feels at home, with no facilities for indigenous peoples, tribes or religions.

What he believes should be the common humanity, so that everyone who chooses to live, work and pay taxes is indigenous to Kaduna.

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The governor expressed his joy to see so many young people doing so well in poetry and writing, doing great things with their lives.

“The future of Kaduna is in the hands of young people, especially women; we are committed to giving them opportunities to excel.

El-Rufai also spoke about the 2023 polls, urging citizens to vote for people who would tackle their problems “not the ones who created them”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a lifetime achievement award has been presented to Prof. Audee Giwa whose creative works delineate the different layers of life experiences in Northern Nigeria. (NAN).

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