Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said he is being attacked by Nigerians in spite of his efforts to stop the Southern Kaduna killings.
Speaking on “Sunrise Daily” on Channels TV on Thursday, governor El-Rufai said the media twisted his effort to stop the crisis by compensating the Fulani herdsmen to stop the attacks.
He noted that the killings had started since the time of governor Yakowa but he is the one trying to stop them.
“Southern Kaduna communities were attacked under Yakowa and my predecessor but I am the one trying to solve it.
“I am being accused of paying to kill. I am the one doing everything to stop the killings and I am the one being attacked.What I did was compensate to stop the killings and one newspaper decided to twist it. Someone paid youths, and asked them to kill.”
Speaking further, the governor said those benefitting from the crisis have continued to sabotage the government’s effort at ensuring peace.
“In March 2016, the Kafanchan Peace Declaration was signed and in May, another crisis broke. The conflict entrepreneurs who have been benefiting from conflicts decided they had to derail the peace process.
“Since the crisis started, no one ever got prosecuted.”
He pointed out three major steps his government has identified and to end the crisis.
“We are focusing on 3 major steps to end the crisis. The first is ensuring adequate security in Southern Kaduna. The second step is prosecuting those responsible for the crisis and the third is the Peace Building Process.”
He added that his government is working closely with the traditional rulers, but that some of them are the problem.
Meanwhile, the Arewa Youth for Progressive Development, AYPD, has condemned the alleged unprecedented intolerance and obnoxious attempt by Mallam Nasir El Rufai to muscle up all forms of freedom of expression and constructive criticism.
A statement signed by the AYPD President Comrade Danjuma Bello Sarki, the Arewa youth said it was rather unfortunate that El-Rufai who was a known critic of the past administrations has become highly intolerant of any dissenting voice against his administration.
The governor recently barred personnel of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) from erecting checkpoints in Kaduna and other urban centres in the state.
The directive contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said that the decision was taken by the state Security Council after a meeting in which it reviewed complaints from the general public against the road marshals.
“The council acted following complaints that FRSC officials were acting in ways reminiscent of the VIO that was dissolved by the state government following widespread unease at their acts of disrespect for the public and penchant for extortion,” part of the statement read.
The government stressed that the FRSC personnel have been barred “from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town, a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.”
Officials the FRSC officials were henceforth, warned to concentrate on ensuring safe travel on highways such as the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.