The governor of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has commended Fulani and Ham leaders for not retaliating over the killing of a herder in Jaba local government area of the state.
The governor disclosed this through the commissioner, internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan during a peace advocacy engagement at Ungwan Tunga in Nok district on Saturday, August 29.
The herder, one Usman Shehu Abdullahi was reportedly killed by unknown assailants at the outskirt of Sabzuro-Tunga Nok road on Sunday, August 23.
Governor El-Rufai during one of his trips to southern Kaduna. Photo Credit: @KadunaGov Source: UGC
At the meeting with the parents of the deceased held at their settlement, the commissioner in the company of other leaders in the area said: “We are here on behalf of the governor to commiserate with you over the unfortunate incident and to commend you for recourse to the law.
“The security agencies are still carrying out investigation and we are grateful for your cooperation and understanding. Your cooperation helped immensely in de-escalating tension.”
In his response, the deceased’s father, Abdullahi Wakili assured government and security agencies of absolute recourse to the law hence their cooperation to security personnel investigating the case.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Kaduna branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ibrahim Bayero Zango says southern Kaduna does not belong to a particular ethnic group.
Zango who is the director of media and publicity of the association stated that all ethnic groups, including Hausa/Fulani, are being killed in the area.
According to him, the root cause of the violence in the area is because the people are divided along religious and political lines.
In a related development, the Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria (SCSN) has said that the federal government’s failure to execute those sentenced to death for the 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis is responsible for the recurring crises in southern Kaduna.
Briefing newsmen on Thursday, August 13, in Kaduna, the secretary of SCSN, AbdurRahman Hassan, stated that those sentenced to death, but pardoned by the military administration of General Sani Abacha, should be executed in the current dispensation.
The group, therefore, called on the government to revisit the sentence, saying the only way for peace to reign in the country is for the indicted culprits to be executed.