"The unity of this country is what bothers us, as the issue of religion and ethnicity should not be used to divide us," some youths in Kano said on Thursday, as they protest against comments of the publisher of Sahara Reporters online news platform, Sowore Omoyele, as he pursues his presidential ambition. 

Kano State is known as President Muhammadu Buhari's stronghold and his visit to the state some months ago highlighted that he still has that followership.

But the state is also notorious for crisis that followed Goodluck Jonathan's victory over Buhari in 2011 and the youths were in the forefront of that crisis that resulted in some deaths. 

The youths are not talking about the unity of Nigeria.

Evern Sahara Reporters wrote about that protest in that year. 

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Kano electorates' displeasure over Sowore's comments, as he pursues his ambition to be president of Nigeria, showed on Thursday, as hundreds of youths, mostly students, staged a peaceful protest at the emir’s Palace against the publisher.  

The protesting students stormed the emir’s palace in the afternoon to express their worries over what they called a divisive utterances and his regionalism agenda which they claimed would affect Nigeria negatively. 

Reports indicate that the publisher was at the emir’s palace for a meeting with emir Muhammadu Sanusi II when the youths stormed the palace with placards chanting songs of displeasure. 

Kano youths protest against Sowore's presidential

The leader of the protesters, Senator Sunusi Kani, said they took advantage of Sowore's visit to the emir to tell him that they were not happy about his move in disintegrating Nigeria.

“We are not happy with most of his actions and utterances which mostly focus on disintegrating the country by his speeches, write ups and so many actions that can create disunity and disharmony,” the youth leader said.

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“The unity of this country is what bothers us, as the issue of religion and ethnicity should not be use to divide us,” he said.

Responding to questions of the protest likely being sponsored by pro-Buhari indigenes, Senator Kani said they were not concerned with the president coming from any part of the country but peaceful coexistence and protection of the corporate entity of Nigeria is paramount to them.

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