- The Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council (NTRC) has reacted to the killings in Southern Kaduna
- The traditional rulers attributed the incessant killings and kidnappings to the absence of cordial relations and unemployment
- The council called on communities in the area to bury the hatchet so as to enhance peaceful co-existence
Following the incessant killings and kidnappings in the southern part of Kaduna state, the Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council (NTRC) has said unemployment and the absence of cordial relations are contributing factors to the conflicts in the area.
The Emir of Gummi, Alhaji Lawal Hassan, disclosed this in a communiqué issued at the end of the executive committee meeting of the council, Channels TV reports.
According to the committee, the frequency of banditry, kidnapping, and communal clashes is aggravated by the ever-increasing unemployment in Nigeria that also triggers drug abuse.
The traditional rulers urged various communities in the area to bury the hatchet in order to enhance peaceful co-existence considering the high concentration of different tribes and cultures in the state.
They also identified the need for traditional rulers to be assigned special responsibilities by political leaders to assist in containing the security challenges in their domains.
The communiqué reads in parts: “The committee noted with appreciation the resolve of the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, to end the security challenges in Southern Kaduna and his pledge to support the Northern Traditional Rulers Council towards achieving lasting peace and stability in the state in particular and the entire North in general.
“The committee observed that there is ever-increasing unemployment in Nigeria that triggers drug abuse, which aggravates the frequency of banditry, kidnapping, and communal clashes. It expressed dismay over the farmers/herders clashes which have bedeviled not only Southern Kaduna but the entire Northern region and called on governments at all levels to take proactive measures to resolve the issue."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the killings continue to go on in southern Kaduna, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, leader of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Sultan of Sokoto claimed that some people are frustrating efforts to secure peace in the area.
Abubakar described these set of people as crying more than the bereaved. The monarch who criticised the unnamed people claimed that they are making economic fortunes out of the Southern Kaduna crisis.
JNI disclosed this in a statement issued by its secretary-general, Dr Khalid Abubakar, on Wednesday, August 26.
Going further, the group called on both the federal and state governments to act fast to ensure that such groups do not jeopardise the already fragile situation in southern Kaduna.
Similarly, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has sent a warning message to the perpetrators of evils in the southern part of Kaduna state.
In a statement issued by Laolu Akande, the vice president assured that the federal government would not sweep the major issues underlying the conflict in the area under the carpet so as to effectively deal with the situation.
Osinbajo made the disclosure on Thursday, August 27, while speaking at the Nigeria Bar Association annual general conference during a special conversation.
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