Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has called on people of Pandogari, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.
This call was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace.
The governor, who said peace has returned to Pandogari, advised residents of the community, the state, and indeed the country to desist from giving the incidence a religious or tribal colouration.
“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis” the governor said.
Governor Sani Bello expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, adding that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.
“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state” the governor added.