Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Monday begged political, traditional and religious leaders in the country to be united in condemning the incessant killings and destruction of lives and properties in northern Nigeria under any guise.
Addressing a meeting of traditional rulers from across the 19 states that make the old northern region, against the backdrop of the recent killings and arson in South Kaduna and some other parts, the governor expressed worry at the situation where “people who have co-existed peacefully for several years have now allowed some unscrupulous elements to instigate them to take arms against one another, leading to the wanton destruction of lives of innocent and law abiding citizens.
He urged the traditional institution to assist government and the security agencies to bring all kinds of criminal elements in society “to justice, without regard to their ethnic and religious pretensions.”
Governor el-Rufai called on his colleague governors in the region to collaborate with royal fathers in the pursuit of peace and progress of the region to restore it to the status of its glorious past of peace, progress and development.
“We must not allow religion or tribal differences to be a barrier between us and our common humanity,” he told the gathering.
The meeting, he said, came at a time when all hands must be on deck to complement government effort in the restoration of peace across the region, amidst the security challenges bedeviling the part of the country, particularly “clashes between herdsmen and local communities, terrorism, kidnapping, cattle rustling, among others.”