The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, Northern Traditional Rulers Council, Dr. Sa’ad Abubakar (III), on Monday, in Kaduna, described the killings in the southern part of the state as “madness” that must be stopped immediately.
The first class Northern monarch called on those involved in killings in Southern Kaduna to end their evil actions.
The Sultan made this known while addressing the Council’s Executive meeting in Kaduna, stating that there could not be any justification for killing innocent people.
In his speech, the monarch fingered politicians as those behind the crisis in Southern Kaduna.
He called on the people of the state and Nigeria in general that no politicians mean well for them, adding, “lf 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.”
On his part, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, told the gathering that the Southern Kaduna crises had existed for 40 years since the first Kasuwan Magani riot.
According to the governor, Kaduna is a mini-Nigeria with over 52 ethnic groups, meaning that 10 percent of Nigeria’s ethnic groups are from Kaduna state.
He noted that the implication is that, criminals may take advantage of the multi-ethnicity of the state for their own selfish gains and are given ethno-religious meanings.
While Speaking on what his government has done to curtail the killings, the governor said, “a military base, Mobile Police Depot, Air Force and strike force personnel have been deployed to the zone.
“Also, equipment like drones and GSM trackers are being used which had helped to neutralize thousands of the bandits in the State. We also set up a Peace Commission to meidate between the aggrieved people.”