By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Residents and indigenes of Kaduna State have been reminded that only God determines who emerges as leaders, as such, whoever wins the gubernatorial polls on March 9 should be accepted as God’s will.
Alhaji Mohammed Bello Umar representing the Hakimi of Kachia expressed this in his goodwill message to a one-day town hall meeting in Kaduna on Thursday February 28, 2019, titled, ‘Mitigating Violence During The Electoral Process’.
“We should know that already, God has chosen who would be Governor of Kaduna State, hence whoever emerges, we should accept it.
“Whoever God ordains will emerge at the appointed time, be it a Muslim or a Christian, as such, we should accept it in good faith,” he said.
He explained that bearing that in mind, no one is expected to embark on violence before, during or after the election.
“If we understand these, we will not encounter problems, but will always progress. I am calling on leaders to allow people vote for whomever they choose, without compelling them,” he said.
Speaking further, he said thanked God for the forum and the organisers, while praying for God to continue bless them.
“We pray Allah continues to empower them. We pray for our Christian brothers and let then know God created all of us and we should always avoid creating problems for each other. We tell them that we are all one and should always avoid crisis.
“We all dress alike and look alike. If someone enters this hall and is told to differentiate between a Christian and Muslim, it is difficult because we are all dressed in flowing tunics and wearing same kind of caps like my colleague from Sabon Tasha who is a Christian, we are dressed alike,” he said.
The representative of the Hakimi advised that whatever people do in life, they should have the fear of God.
“We should know that whatever we say, God will ask us because he hears everything,” he added.
He thanked God that the presidential polls were successful and peaceful, while praying for peaceful gubernatorial polls.
The town hall meeting was organised by Christian Aid in collaboration with African Centre For Leadership, Strategy and Development with support from Start Network.