Governor Nasir el-Rufai has donated N100 million to support the rebuilding of damaged churches and mosques destroyed during ethno-religious crisis in Southern Kaduna communities.
Announcing the donation during the unveiling of public apology billboards by five communities from Jama’a, Kachia, Kaura, Sanga and Zangon Kataf, El-Rufai said his government had drafted a bill to set up the Kaduna State Peace Commission in fulfilment of the promises he made in 2015.
He said that the commission, which is expected to be established after the endorsement of the state House of Assembly, would promote harmonious co-existence among all indigenes.
He added: “In recognition of the vital importance of showing concrete manifestations of peace, the government has decided to support civic efforts to rebuild damaged churches and mosques with a seed fund of N100 million.
“The challenge of achieving peace and justice is a complex process that requires imagination, wide consultations, technical support, research and time. I have promised you change. I will not be derailed from the legacy of peace that Southern Kaduna deserves from my generation.“This state belongs to everyone that has chosen to make it home. Let us respect each other.”
abide by the law, do our duty to uphold harmony and firmly reject division and violence. Today, we are here to launch a public apology billboard, as we grief over the lives sadly taken in the recent violence in the Godogodo chiefdom.