Kaduna government urges residents to shun violence

Asma'u Halilu, Abuja

Kaduna State Government has urged communities in Chawai, Kauru Local Government not to allow mischief makers to infiltrate them with messages that would lead to more crises in the area.

“Anybody bringing any message that will bring crisis, you let him know that you have lost enough and you don’t want to lose more,” Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Barnabas Bala Bantex said during a visit to the area.

Security reports indicate that, three communities in the area were attacked on Sunday, and scores of people were allegedly killed.

The Deputy Governor said it was important for the people in the area and others across the southern part of the state to know that insecurity would only retard progress and bring about avoidable anguish.

“We have inherited a legacy of a complete breakdown of law and order. If you go to Birnin Gwari, which is probably the worst hit, Kubau and quite a number of local government areas in the state, have been taken over by armed bandits and we are working across the state to restore order. There is no single agenda set aside for any particular people,” he emphasized.

Mr Bantex urged the Southern Kaduna people to refrain from over politicising the issues, but look at the root causes of the crisis and find lasting solution to the problems.

He pledged that government would continue to provide security to protect lives and property of all citizens and cautioned residents aginst taking the laws into their hands.

He advised that the communities must work together with all residents irrespective of religious and tribal differences to bring about lasting peace in the area.

“Already government is spending huge amount of money on a monthly basis to support security forces deployed to the area, that is why we are here to assess the situation which resulted to loss of lives and property and to also undertake preliminary research of the situation,” he stressed.

He added that “looking at the vast nature of land and the gaps between villages, you will know that no number of security men, even if we are to take apparatus from neighbouring state into Kaduna will ensure peace, if the people themselves are not willing to live in peace.”

According to him, government has understood the nexus between insecurity, poverty and unemployment and that the administration would take measures to restrict the movement of Fulani herdsmen to reduce the level of disagreements with farmers.