Southern Kaduna Killings: El-Rufai, Gbong Gwon Jos,others Sues for Peace
Kaduna State Governor,Malam Nasir El-Rufai and Chairman Plateau State traditional council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba called for the return of peace in the southern Kaduna to end the incessant killings and attacks.
Speaking at the launch of the Public Apology Peace Billboard held at Samaru-Kataf Junction in Zangon Kataf Council Area ,Southern part of the state, Governor El-Rufai said genuine apology offered by members of warring communities is the first step for all to embrace peaceful co-existence in the area.
According to the Governor , both the Federal and state governments in the past, responded to Southern Kaduna attacks by instituting commissions of inquiry and peace conferences were held with implementation of actions to enhance security but: “These efforts have not been enough to restore peace. It is clear that we must all go an extra mile to constructively engage with citizens and promote peaceful coexistence among our people”
He added , “In the last few decades, the people of Southern Kaduna have suffered untold hardships due to incessant conflicts between and among various ethnic and religious communities, claiming many lives and displacing people.
“We must also draw from experiences across the world: If violence was a solution to real or perceived grievances, the sheer number of lives lost, property destroyed and whole communities uprooted from their homes would have solved the problem long ago. Yet, despite decades of distrust that regularly explodes into violence, the problems remain. It has been said again and again that every war ends on the conference table. If that is the case, why must we kill ourselves before we realize the futility of violence” .
The governor had declared 100 million naira to rebuild the burnt churches and mosques in the area.
On his part, Chairman Plateau State traditional council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, who narrated how stakeholders ended Plateau killings also called on Southern Kaduna people to embrace one another irrespective of tribe and religion.
Buba,said for peace to be sustained in the area,people must all agreed to live together as brothers and sisters: “Southern Kaduna must love one another because nobody will end this crisis until all parties accept that they want peace. When all of you sit down together as one family and talk sincerely and agreed to live in peace, definitely there will be peace.
“I know Kaduna State governor,Nasir El-Rufai for long and I know how he is committed and sincere to bring peace in Southern Kaduna but he cannot do it alone. We can adopt Jos example by bringing all stakeholders together and resolve that no more crisis. Let there be permanent peace in Southern Kaduna.I am happy that the steps taken will bring the peace we are searching for ” .