Kaduna - The Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai, has called on the residents of Kaduna to shun religious sentiments and leave in peace with one another.
In a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, he said that he was determined to work with all residents of the state to restore its glorious past.
He said that what the state needed was good governance and genuine development, urging the people to focus on these values.
"Our good people of Kaduna State, we are again grateful for the mandate you gave us on April 11.
"I am begging you in the name of Almighty God to live in peace and work together for a new Kaduna State.
"Let all strategise for a better state where peace, unity and development would abound by sowing positive seeds in the minds of our children.
"Let us create a better state for them and coming generations by building for them a stronger Kaduna State," he said.
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El-Rufai added that manipulators of religion do not mean good to the people and the society as a whole.
"I will continue to say it, those deceiving the citizens using religion and ethnicity do not mean well.
"They are dangerous and they retard the progress as a people bound together by God; we must mobilise our people to stand up for the common good.
"I will reiterate again that the APC led government in Kaduna state will be a responsible and responsive government," he said.
"We will treat people equally without any recourse to religion, or ethnic and political inclinations.
"We are conscious of the burden God gave us and we will not let you down; we ask for your prayers, support and cooperation for a better Kaduna State," he said.