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At Kaltungo Carnival, monarchs urge special prayers for security

By Guardian Nigeria
28 December 2021   |   3:53 am
Traditional leaders from the North East have called for sustained prayers against insecurity in the region and Nigeria at large.

Danbam Cultural Troupe, from Shongom Local Council of Gombe State, entertaining guests at the Kaltungo Carnival in Gombe…yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Traditional leaders from the North East have called for sustained prayers against insecurity in the region and Nigeria at large.

The monarchs made the appeal at the 2021 Kaltungo Carnival held in Kaltungo community of Gombe State, yesterday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Royal Father of the Day, who is also the Emir of Fika and Chairman of Yobe State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Muhammad Idrissa, said intensified prayers were needed to complement efforts towards addressing the challenge of insecurity in the North East.

Idrissa stated that peace remained the key to development and a better society, noting that insecurity and crimes are enemies of any society.

The first class traditional ruler also charged the people to live in peace and jettison acts that could threaten peaceful coexistence in the country.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the emir urged Nigerians, particularly youths, to shun violence and any attempt to be used by selfish politicians as thugs.

He called on the people to promote politics of peace and elect leaders of their choice when the time comes.

On his part, the host, the Mai Kaltungo, Alhaji Sale Muhammad, said prayers were needed to complement government’s efforts at winning the war against insecurity and criminality in the country.

Muhammad, who is the deputy chairman, Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, also urged the people of Gombe to continue to live in peace while promoting issues that would strengthen unity in the state and the country at large.

He thanked the state government and security agencies for efforts so far made to sustain peace.

The cultural festival is a yearly event organised to showcase and promote the rich cultural heritage of the people of Kaltungo Chiefdom.

The event is also held to enhance social interaction, promote peace and unity while strengthening cooperation among the diverse ethnic groups within and outside the state.