By Muhammad Lawal, Birnin Kebbi.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Sunday urged Nigerians to show greater resilience towards promoting national unity to end insecurity and achieve lasting peace in the country.
A statement by Malam Yahaya Sarki, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media, said that the governor made the call during the just-concluded 7th edition of the 2022 Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival, held at Argungu town.
Bagudu said that if Nigerians were united on promoting a genuine cause, they would triumph over evil-minded people, in spite of the menace of insecurity in parts of the country.
The governor said that unity inspired people to be brave, resilient and not to intimidated by perpetrators of evil, stressing that it also encouraged the bad elements to change their ways of life.
Bagudu said: “Today, this is a manifestation of bravery and resilience; we are here thinking this is a small event that underlies or misrepresents the bravery and resilience of our people.
‘The celebration shows that we are not intimidated or afraid, even in spite of pockets of insecurity; we will defeat the evil.
“To the organisers of this event, the Emir of Argungu, people of Argungu, I am saying that we can defeat evil.
“We will go to our farms, we will go out to our fishing grounds, we will graze our animals and enjoy our festivals.”
The governor commended the citizens of the state, especially people of the Argungu Emirate Council, for organising what he described as “a blossoming and creative festival that brings people together.”
Bugudu lauded the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad-Mera, for his leadership role, and Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, for his contribution to the successful hosting of the polo tournament.
“The polo event in Argungu in the next few years will rival or surpass other events in the country,” he said.
In the tournament, NSK Farms Polo Team defeated H. Hago Polo Team to emerged winner.
Other highlights of the event included horse racing, cultural festival, presentation of trophies and awards to outstanding players and teams, as well as the presentation of a special award to the governor.