From Noah Ebie, Kaduna
In Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-rufai called on the people of the State to work together for equal opportunity and peaceful coexistence.
And as part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary, the governor granted prerogative of mercy to 13 convicts serving various jail terms in Kaduna Prison.
He said: “It is customary to mark this anniversary of liberty by showing compassion to some of our convicted compatriots. Accordingly, I have acted on the recommendations made to me by the State Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, and exercised the power to grant amnesty to 13 convicts. These persons either have only a short time left to complete their sentences, or are now above the age of 60, with records of remorse and good conduct.
“It is my pleasure to address you today on the happy occasion of the 57th independence anniversary of our country, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This independence anniversary is a moment for us to give thanks to the Almighty God who has preserved us, amidst all the storms and stresses. But, it is also a time to reflect on how we, as citizens and leaders, can contribute to strengthen our country, uphold peace and harmony within it, and embrace the common humanity that shines so brilliantly through our diversity.”