Nigeria, Feb. 6 -- The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, says his government would not allow religious extremists to start a violent crisis in the state again.

Mr Ganduje stated this while addressing Islamic clerics at the Abacha House, Government House in Kano. The governor called the meeting following the ban the government imposed on a popular Islamic cleric, Abduljabbar Kabara, for alleged public incitement.

The governor recalled the havoc caused by the Maitatsine crisis in Kano and spoke of how negative religious perceptions gave birth to the Boko Haram crisis in Maiduguri.

The Maitastine crisis, which occurred between 1979 and 1980, was triggered off by the activities of the followers of a Kano-based Cameroonian cleric, ...