- Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has alleged that religious clerics are behind the violence in the state
- El-Rufai claimed that clerics are using their platforms to divide and incite violence
- The governor noted that religious leaders are meant to be promoting common humanity
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Thursday, August 13, accused some religious clerics of being the driving force of violence in Kaduna state.
The Kaduna state governor disclosed this when Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, led a delegation on a courtesy visit.
According to Daily Trust, the governor noted that clerics use their platforms to divide and incite violence instead of preaching peaceful co-existence.
He said: “The main drivers of this violence are a few clerics that use their platforms, not to preach peaceful co-existence or promote our common humanity. Rather, they use their platforms and revered positions to divide and incite violence.”
This is coming a few days after some clerics under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, expressed sadness over the loss of lives and property in Southern Kaduna following the incessant killings.
The clerics noted that the killings have been persistent because the perpetrators had not been brought to justice.
They said there won't be peace in the area if the federal and state governments fail to punish the perpetrators. The clerics advised Catholics across the country to pray for an end to the killings.
In a statement in Abuja by their president, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, the conference warned against politicising the killings.
In a similar report, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts to address insecurity issues in the country.
The CAN president speaking on the ongoing crisis in Kaduna, said the killings have clearly shown Nigeria is at war against enemies of the state.
Ayokunle who disclosed this in a statement by his special assistant on media and communications, Adebayo Oladeji, condemned the president’s comment explaining that the killings in Kaduna were fuelled by politics and revenge.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Bellow Matawalle of Zamfara made a very strong indictment against Nigerian politicians in connection to the rising insecurity in the country.
Matawalle claimed that sect of politicians in the country are actually beneficiaries of the poor state of security resulting in the constant killing, kidnapping and violent crimes and prefer the status quo to be maintained.
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Source: Legit Nigeria