Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that the killings in southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen is pure criminality that has nothing to do with ethnicity and religion.
The governor who also faulted a statement credited to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Supo Ayokunle, who ascribe the killings to have some primordial coloration said the killings have no religious or ethnic colouration noting that they were mere act of criminality.
el-Rufai pointed out that ‘’the same Fulanis are killing Fulanis in hundreds in Zamfara state. It has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity. It is pure banditry.’’
According to the governor, the perpetrators of the attacks in both southern Kaduna and Zamfara state are just criminals, adding that their ethnicity and religion do not matter.
el-Rufai pleaded with leaders to be mindful of their utterances and to stop encouraging their people to resort to self-help. ‘’Lets fight the problem; lets not bring sentiments, sensationalism and division into it,’’ he added.
The governor narrated the steps his administration had taken in order to understand the root cause of the killings in southern Kaduna killings beginning with the setting up of the retired General Martin Luther Agwai Committee.