El-Rufai Blames Religious Leaders For Southern Kaduna Killings

Chimezie Enyiocha  
Updated August 14, 2020
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai speaks during a meeting with religious leaders over the Southern Kaduna killings on August 13, 2020.


Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has blamed some religious leaders in the state for the Southern Kaduna killings.

Speaking during a meeting with the Primate of Anglican Communion, Henry Ndukuba, and the Secretary of the Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, the governor lamented that religion, rather than being used to unite the people, has become a divisive tool for selfish interests.

“This state is going through challenging times which people are using religion to divide instead of using religion to unite.

“You visit here in an indication of your recognition in the positive role that religion can play to unite our people. This has become the overriding objective of this state government.

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“The Primate is aware of the history of violence and religious intolerance in this state. Our study of the situation over 40 decades has shown that the main drivers of this violence are a few clerics that use their platform not to preach peaceful co-existence but use their revered position to divide and incite violence,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Special Forces approved by the Defence Headquarters to halt the senseless killings and restore peace in Southern Kaduna have arrived Kafanchan ahead of their deployment to the various flashpoints in the area later today.

The Special Forces were drawn from the Nigerian Army.

They were received at Sector 7, the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven, by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.

Addressing the troops, the Commissioner charged them to take the battle to the bandits and ensure that peace and security are restored to Southern Kaduna.