Former Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, has proffered a solution to the Southern Kaduna killings. Speaking to the United States House Sub-Committee on Africa, on Wednesday, the former president said religious violence and extremism may destroy Nigeria if they are not addressed.
At the meeting which was attended by Chairman of the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, Congressman Christopher H Smith and other influential staff of the Committee, Goodluck Jonathan noted that the solution to the Niger Delta crisis and Southern Kaduna killings are embedded in the report of the 2014 National Conference, held in Abuja.
He also added that those involved in the killings gained confidence from the inactions of the government.
Speaking on how he tackled impunity, the former president cited the case of Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger state.
“That promise was fulfilled on the 20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified him as the mastermind, arrested him and diligently prosecuted him and some of his associates.”
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to stand up to their responsibilities of protecting lives and property by ending the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen.
The Sultan, in his call to the two tiers of governments, expressed sadness over the incessant killings in the area asking both the federal and state governments to go a step further by proffering lasting solutions to these recurrent acts of hatefulness and savagery in Southern Kaduna.
“The NSCIA would like the Federal and Kaduna State governments to go a step further by proffering lasting solutions to these recurrent acts of hatefulness and savagery in Southern Kaduna.
“We also wish to call on the Federal government to objectively investigate the matter and prosecute whoever that is found guilty irrespective of the person’s tribe, creed and/or social status.”
He also added that those behind the evil must be brought to book. The monarch further noted that Islam as a religion forbids the unjust taking away of human lives except for “a just course.”
Recently, a prominent bishop and Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Ughelli, Delta State, Diamond Emuobor, called on Christians in the country to “own a sword and defend themselves” against further attacks by the “terrorists”.
Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries and Dr. Chris Okafor of the Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministries, have made the same call, telling Christians all over the country to be prepared for battle.