CAN meets Kaduna State Governor on southern region crisis

Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai says his administration is investing scarce human and financial resources for the attainment of peace and security across the State.

He stated this at a meeting with the National delegation of CAN and security agencies at the Goverment House in Kaduna.

The Governor lamented that, bandits have continued to menace communities everywhere, not just in southern Kaduna but also in the Northern and Central parts of the State, killing with viciousness, kidnapping citizens and stealing their cattles and other valuables.

He said the bandits have threatened communities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chickun and other parts of Soba and Zaria LGAs , shooting farmers and spreading fear in the rural areas.

“People are being killed in similar criminal actions by bandits in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States but nobody has trended a hashtag or video campaign on the suffering of the citizens of these other states because they don’t promote ethno religious divisions”.

He advised people to avoid creating the impression that pains and sufferings matter only according to tribes or faiths of those afflicted.

He applauded the security agencies for bombarding several hideouts of bandits. “Thousands of these criminal elements have been killed but they keep coming back”.

He further explained that, the battle requires a common front of good people from everywhere against the criminals from anywhere as there is no point sectionalizing and ethnicisng security challenges even when they have different local inflictions.

El-Rufai urged people to have equality of concern for all lives no matter their ethnic, regions or religious beliefs. There should be concern for people to live in peace and security everywhere in strict obedience to the law and civilised norms.

He appealed to the CAN President to help push compratroits in the part of letting individual faith incline them to become better citizens.

In his remarks, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle said he led the delegation to Kaduna in view of the ongoing crisis and the need to stop the continuous killings in the State.

Ayokunle advocated for a round table solution over the matter rather than throwing counter-accusations between government and other stakeholders over the killings in southern Kaduna.

According to him, everyone looks up to the Governor as a father of the State and the understanding with which he should handle every accusing finger pointed at him

“Your office is like that of the dung where all kinds of rubbish are dumped. When you were not in charge of governance of the State, nobody was pointing accusing fingers at you”.

The President said no bandit or cattle rustler should be allowed to strike and disappear without being apprehended and prosecuted.

He encouraged people to engage in community healing, forgiveness and reconciliatory meetings to bring different ethics groups in communities together so as to chart the way forward for peace.

Reverend Ayokunle further called on government to strengthen the State Emergency Management Agency and the State Peace Commission for the development and rebuilding of southern Kaduna crisis area.

Source: Voice of Nigeria