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Indigeneship bane of unity –Shema


The Governor of Katsina State, Barrister Shehu Shema has described the general concept of indigeneship in the country as divisive and contrary to the peace and unity which vast majority of Nigerians preach and desire.
Governor Shema said the prevalent concept where people who do not hail from a given state in Nigeria are considered non-indigenes has contributed to the growing sense of insecurity which is promoting disunity and fueling violence.
The Governor who made the remark when the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri paid him a visit said his administration in Katsina State rather considers such people as “indigenous Nigerians living in Nigeria” and has integrated them into the scheme of things in the state without discrimination.
He admonished other states of the federation to adopt the same approach which, he said, has helped maintain peace, security and stability in the state.
He charged Nigerians to always do the right thing and not necessarily what is popular because the right thing will always stand the test of time over what is popular. He further canvassed the adoption of local languages for teaching to ensure enduring legacies.
Earlier, the NOA Director General commended the Katsina State Government for its giant strides in infrastructural development and education.
He expressed delight that despite the non-availability of crude oil in the state, the Government has harnessed available funds and resources to impact positively on the lives of the people.
He urged other state governments to learn from the initiatives of Governor Shema and begin to de-emphasize dependence on oil revenue.
Mr. Omeri also admonished other northern states to borrow a leaf from Katsina State which, he said holds both historical and contemporary examples of peace, tolerance, security and stability.
He reiterated the need for all Nigerians to embrace the spirit of brotherhood in every part of the country, irrespective of areas of origin.


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