President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday , urged indigenes of Kaduna State to learn to live as brothers and sisters.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Femi Adesina , the President made the call at the virtual opening of the fifth Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, with the theme ‘ KADInvest 5. 0, Infrastructure , Industrialisation and Innovation. ’
Adesina ’ s statement was titled “ Let ’ s live as brothers and sisters because without peace , development cannot take place , President Buhari tells Kaduna indigenes” .
The President ’ s call came at a time parts of the state, especially Southern Kaduna , are witnessing bloody clashes that have left many dead while others have been injured or rendered homeless .
He called on the indigenes to cooperate with government and security agencies to secure peace and harmony.
According to him , it is only in the atmosphere of peace that development can take place .
“ We must live together as brothers and sisters because , without peace , development cannot take place , ” the President said .
Buhari was also quoted as commending the state government for making the state attractive to investors .
He urged the government to sustain the tempo and surpass its current record.
He said , “ I wish to commend the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as one of the new investment destinations of choice in Nigeria .
“ These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.
“ This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank ’ s Doing Business Report 2018.
“ I call on the Kaduna State Government to keep up these laudable efforts and surpass the impressive results already attained . ”
The President further noted that the success of state governments in attracting investments, creating jobs , and increasing their internally generated revenues would be critical to the development of the entire country.
“ I am impressed that the Kaduna State
Government has from inception used KADInvest as a serious platform for showcasing its investment potentials .
“ The state’ s commitment to consistent implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Charter is exemplary , including its ability to increase its Internally Generated Revenue to N 44bn in 2019 from N 13bn in 2015 without hiking tax rates. This is very laudable , ” Buhari added .
The President congratulated the Kaduna State government for making KADInvest a regular fixture on the investment calendar, held annually since 2016.
Buhari promised that the Federal Government will continue to support efforts to attract job -creating investments.