Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in a bid to put an end to the killings in Southern Kaduna on Saturday met with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and other stakeholders in Kaduna State.
At the meeting which held today (4th March) at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, after the acting President’s inspection of the Kaduna Airport, Osinbajo noted that it was not possible to understand and proffer solutions to the problem in one meeting.
“Let me say that there is no question at all that many have suffered, families have lost loved ones, a lot of bloodletting has taken place in Southern Kaduna in the past few weeks and I want to express my sincere condolences to all of those who have lost families and friends and who have been traumatised by the terrible things that have been going on in Southern Kaduna in the past few months.
“As a matter of fact, I have tried very hard to study the crisis in Southern Kaduna. Personally, I have read quite a few documents, including reports of past crises.
“I don’t want us to be in a hurry, I am certainly not in a hurry because I don’t believe that a crisis where there have been so much bloodletting and hatred over the years can be resolved by a couple of meetings, no, I don’t believe that is possible.
“I have talked to his Excellency, the governor, that what I would like to achieve is not a quick fix. But I want us to begin a process and I want to be a part of that process that will listen to each group separately and then get everyone together.”
State Chairman of CAN, Revd. George Dodo, thanked the acting President and the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, for making moves to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the southern part of the state.
The representative of JNI in the state, Alhaji Sanusi Maikudi, blamed the crisis on the failure of past governments to implement recommendations of commissions of inquiry.
The assistant national secretary general of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the solution to the lingering crisis in southern part of Kaduna state lies outside Nigeria.
According to Abdullahi most of the Fulani people involved in the killings were not Nigerians.
“It has to do with foreign nomads coming into the country. There are three or four international grazing routes, most of which passed through Kaduna state.
“Two of the routes are from Cameroun down through Lere and Kauru local governments, another one is from the Chad Republic that came through southern part of Plateau state down to Zangon-Kataf and there is another one from the Niger Republic through Kano/ Katsina down to Kaduna,” he said.
Southern Kaduna has been experiencing violent crisis for years now. The latest spell of violence has claimed hundreds of lives and the killings have continued despite the deployment of security forces to the area.
The latest killings occurred on February 20th when unknown gunmen invaded communities in two local governments Jema’a and Kauru, killing at least 14 people.