The Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has disclosed that his administration inherited the crisis in the southern part of the state, stressing that he is worried about the situation because God will ask him the role he played in ending the killings in Southern Kaduna.
In an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA, he stated that his government had been working very hard to tackle the problem, but regretted that some politicians had been exploiting the situation.
Recall that barely a day after the Governor launched a public apology billboard signifying understanding, peace and unity among the various ethnic groups in Southern Kaduna, about 31 people were reported killed by unknown gunmen in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Students of College of Education, Gidan Waya in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State had recently vacated the school following renewed attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna which led to the death of unspecified number of persons.
El-Rufai disclosed that the state and federal governments were watching and studying those fueling the crisis, assuring that such people will be arrested and prosecuted whenever there is enough evidence against them.
According to him, “We inherited the problem and we are working day and night to solve it.
“We are worried by this sad development because as the governor, God will ask me what I have done over the killings. We are doing all we can but we realised that there are politicians and few mischief makers that are profiting from the crisis.
“They are the ones instigating people and encouraging the cycle of violence. They sow the seed of division by discriminating among people through various means. So, if people are committing crimes and breaking law and order, we should not give it ethnic or tribal interpretations.
“The criminals need to be apprehended and made to face the law period. But some are also using religion and ethnic differences to exploit these attacks.
“They want to portray this government as one that is failing in protecting people and not doing what is expected of her because of the killings and destructions; they want to gain politically.”