Presidency finally opens up on Southern Kaduna

Following months of pressure on PMB’s silence on the [neutralization] in southern Kaduna, the Presidency has finally made a statement on the matter.

The statement was made by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

Dambazau warned ‎Nigerians against tagging the ongoing Fulani herdsmen’s rampage in Southern Kaduna as a religious one.

Dambazau called on Nigerians to refrain from‎ making comments capable of heightening the crises.

He noted that some people were always looking for ways to further create division along religious or ethnic lines.

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They aim at creating instability in the country, he said.

He said that true religious leaders should not‎ fan the embers of hate, but ensure that communities live in harmony.

He called on the people to join hands with government to end the perennial problem.

“Economic growth and development will remain a mirage for Nigeria, with over 500 ethnic groups and multiple religions.

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“We have to settle down and resolve to live amicably as a people with a common destiny,” he said.‎

He said that‎ ‎criminals who perpetrate violence against innocent citizens did not discriminate along religious lines.

He cited examples of how Communities in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, and Niger were victimized by the criminals.

“A criminal should be treated as such.

“This is irrespective of whether he is involved in armed robbery, drug trafficking, homicides or cattle rustling.

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“People should avoid honoring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment,” he added. ‎

He further stated that the real enemies of our society are those who acquire weapons to terrorize Christians and Muslims.

Dambazau said he had directed the Nigerian ‎Police to ensure the sustenance of law and order.

He assured Nigerians of government’s commitment to tackling the root causes of similar crisis in all parts of the country.