National Peace Committee (NPC) led by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), has begun moves to ensure a lasting solution to the crisis in Southern Kaduna.
The crisis has witnessed the gruesome murder of hundreds of Christians in the area by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
It has also led to an exchange of words between the Kaduna state chapters of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Council of Imams.
Abdulsalami, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar lll and other members of NPC on Friday engaged Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a closed-door meeting to discuss issues involved in Southern Kaduna crisis and how to end it.
Others at the meeting included the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah and Cardinal John Onaiyekan.
While speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Abdulsalami disclosed that the group were on a fact finding mission, adding that they would now meet other stakeholders, religious leaders, local chiefs in the areas involved in the crisis and also visit the affected areas.
“There is no religion on earth or anywhere that preaches violence. So this is why we are here. One of the points that the governor drew our attention to is the way people take law into their hands and go scot free. And this impunity must be checked. These are some of the issues we discussed,” he said.
Kukah while speaking to newsmen, asked the state government to do everything within its powers to ensure peace is restored in the troubled areas.
“I think what the people of Kaduna State, including the government should be doing now is to look into how we can achieve peace and development and I think that is the reason we have democracy.
“What is going on now is a very sad phase in our history, but I believe that we can get over it and we will get over it and come out much stronger and committed to peace,” Kukah said.
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