CSOs Kick Against Pro-Saraki Protest In Kano…Says Plan Is To Cause Violence In The State
Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG) in Kano State, has called on the State Commissioner of Police to halt a planned protest allegedly orchestrated by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, which is scheduled to hold this week.
The CSOs, in a press statement signed by the Convener, Comrade Rabiu Shamma, noted that the pro-Saraki protest has the potential of causing violence in Kano State.
It could be recalled that on Thursday 9th of August, 2018, a group called Arewa Solidarity Forum organized a protest agitating for the resignation of Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
To counter the protest, Senator Saraki, was alleged to have sponsor group of young people in the state to allegedly disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
In a letter to the State Police Command, the organizations demanded thus:
“That the planned political protest by pro-Saraki group should not be allowed to occur and recent protest by Arewa Solidarity Group should not be allowed to re-occur in order to maintain the peaceful atmosphere in Kano State.
“That the Commissioner of Police should look into the planned protest with the aim of averting violence that may occur as a result of the counter protest which some unscrupulous elements may pounce on to cause havoc in the state.
“That the Director of Security Service (DSS) should also look into purported protest with the aim of stopping the violence that may arise as a result of the political protest.
“That the religious leaders should include in their sermons a bold message condemning any attempt by any group to cause havoc in the state in the name of politics.
“The political leaders should also include in their campaign a clear message condemning any attempt by any group to cause disunity in the state in the name of politics.
“The youths who are mostly the segment used in promoting violence by the political interests should distance themselves from being manipulated to cause havoc upon one another and in general desist from tarnishing the good image of our dear state.
“In conclusion, Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG KANO) wants to re-assure the people of Kano State of our resolve to continue working in strengthening the tenets of democracy, ensuring peace and unity in the state. The Coalition will continue organizing series of activities leading up to the 2019 general election in order to ensure violence free election in Kano State.”