Thursday, September 10, 2020

This madness must stop immediately - Sultan of Sokoto speaks on Southern Kaduna killings

Traditional rulers in the 19 Northern States and the Abuja met in Kaduna on Monday over the disturbing spate of insecurity in the region and the country.
The meeting of the monarchs under the aegis of the Northern Traditional Council was presided over by its Chairman and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll and held at the Lugard Hall Secretariat of the council, in the metropolis.
The Sultan in his opening address, described the killings in Southern Kaduna as “madness,” calling on those involved in the carnage to stop immediately.
He said, “The Southern Kaduna killings is  madness and has to be stopped immediately. No man in his right senses go on a killing spree of innocent people under whatever guise.”
Abubakar carpeted politicians for being behind the lingering crisis in the southern part of Kaduna. He, however, warned that if the brains behind such atrocities did not stop they would be consumed by their own traps.
“If you keep on igniting killings based on ethno-religious differences because it is the innocent children that are killed while that of the elites are protected” he said.
Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, said southern Kaduna crisis has lingered since the first Kasuwan Magani riot in Kajuru local government area in 1980.
He said his administration has been making efforts to end the killings and restore peace. The governor added that a military base and mobile police depot were established in the area while the air force and strike force personnel had been deployed in the zone. He said equipment like drones and GSM trackers are being used to neutralise bandits in the state.
Kaduna is a mini-Nigeria with over 52 ethnic groups, meaning that 10 percent of Nigeria’s ethnic groups are from Kaduna state,” he said.
“The danger of it is that, crimes committed by criminals for their own selfish motives are given ethno-religious interpretations.”

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