Governor Nasiru El Rufai has said his government has donated N100 million to support the rebuilding of churches and other religious centers in southern Kaduna State.
The money was given for the rebuilding of churches and mosques destroyed during religions clashes in Southern Kaduna.
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai announced the donation during the unveiling of public apology billboards by five communities.
The five communities, Jama’a, Kachia, Kaura, Sanga and Zangon Kataf, were marked with religious violence.
According to El Rufai, “The challenge of achieving peace and justice is a complex process.
“It 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.
“Why, our children ask, are we able to discuss peace for decades but not find it on the ground?
“Now, 29 ethnic communities of Southern Kaduna present a Public Apology billboard to us.
“These people represented their communities at the dialogues that resulted in the Kafanchan Peace Declaration.
“They were sent to represent their communities by their leaders.
“Wide consultation within their communities was carried out in selecting them.
“Their input and contribution to peace in Southern Kaduna has been crucial.
“Allow me to opine that leaders are not born and neither are they made….” the governor said.