Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has signed an executive order banning thugs and other thuggery activities during the 2023 general elections in the state.
Special adviser to the governor on security matters, Ibrahim Katsina who disclosed the development in Katsina said the essence of the order was to give the electorates free hand to elect leaders of their choice without intimidation and to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful 2023 general elections.
The security adviser said, since it is the last general election to be conducted in the life of the present administration, it is pertinent to make it as free and peaceful as possible so as to set a pathway for other states to emulate.
He also added that Governor Masari as an elder statesman will want to ensure a safe state especially as they are facing the task of returning it to its glorious past as the home of heritage and hospitality.
Katsina therefore advised politicians in the state to see the supposed thugs as their own sons and give them education or empowerment rather than destroy their lives by engaging them in thuggery.
Chairman of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the state, Abdulrahman Abdullahi commended Masari for the ban saying, it will go a long way to ensure smooth electioneering campaigns and peaceful general elections.
He therefore said if the state government can implement the order to its fullest, it will be the best parting gift the governor has given the people of the state.