Residents of Kano have commended the Federal
Government for the ceasefire agreement it reached with
members of the Boko Haram sect.
Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday expressed happiness
over the development.
According to them, the agreement was a welcome
development as it will ensure peace and economic
development in the North and the country at large.
One of the residents, Alhaji Musa Hassan, said the ceasefire
which came to him a surprise would go a long way to restore
peace and socio-economic activities in the affected states.
He urged members of the insurgents to keep to the
agreement in view of what happened during the previous
attempts by government to dialogue with the group.
Another resident and a journalist, Alhaji Ali Kakaki, said he
was happy about the development because of what Kano
people went through, especially during the peak of the Boko
Haram attacks in the city.
“This is a welcome development and we are happy about it
provided the insurgents will keep to their words,’’ he said.
Also commenting on the issue, a trader at the popular
Kantin Kwari Textile market, Alhaji Auwal Mai’atamfa, said
the ceasefire was a clear testimony that the Federal
Government was concerned about the senseless killings of
innocent citizens in the country.
“The agreement between the Federal Government and the
insurgents are indication that the government is concerned
and ready to end the crisis,’’ he said.
Most of people that spoke with NAN also expressed
gratitude to God for making the agreement possible and
prayed for its sustenance.
They, however, urged the government to come up with some
programmes which would promote peace and ensure
economic growth and development of the affected states.