The Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Abu Sani, has commended youths across the state for maintaining peace during the recent #EndSARS protests.
He gave the commendation on Saturday in Kano at a one-day Youth, Peace and Security summit, organised by the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP), in collaboration with Kano Youth Coalition for Advocacy and Development (KAUCAD).
Represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Uzairu Abdullahi, Sani said the youth deserved the commendation for cooperating with the police during the protests.
“When the protests started, we mobilised our resources to meet with all stakeholders on the issue and we immediately achieved the aim.
“We met with traditional, religious, community leaders and youth groups, where we discussed intensively, which contributed to ending the issue in Kano.
“After speaking with the stakeholders, the youth immediately withdrew from the affected areas. This is a very good behaviour expected from any youth,” he said.
The commissioner called on the youth to continue to work for peace by not engaging in any kind of protest or activities that were capable of causing a breakdown of law and order.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Youth Development, Ado Lakwaya, commended the organisers of the summit for the initiative, saying that the summit came at the right time.
Lakwaya, who was represented by Mr Sabo Waziri, Director, Youth Development and Guidance in the state, said that the summit could contribute immensely to efforts to promote peace and unity in the society.
According to him, this is because youths are often being used by some unpatriotic elements to foment trouble and cause breakdown of law and order.
“We are hoping at the end of the summit, it will serve as a means of correcting the negative perception of the behaviours of the youth, who are our future leaders,” he said.
Lakwaya called on the youth to embrace Nigeria’s peace and unity so as to spur the development of the country.
In his speech, Deputy Minority Whip, NYP, Alu Waliyi said that the aim of the summit was to remind the youth of their expectations in efforts to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
He said although the youth had the right to seek what was right, they should always pursue their agitations in a peaceful manner.
Waliyi said the communique of the participants at the end of the summit would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari to enable the Federal Government to address their needs.