Yero urges in­ter­ac­tion with vi­o­lence vic­tims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

Kaduna State Gover­nor Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero yes­ter­day asked the Com­mit­tee on Peace, Se­cu­rity and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion set up by In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar to en­gage lo­cals and vic­tims of vi­o­lence while car­ry­ing out their as­sign­ment.

The com­mit­tee headed by Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral Michael Zuokumo which is to find ways of end­ing clashes be­tween Fu­lani pas­toral­ists and farm­ers in some parts of the coun­try was in Kaduna to meet with tra­di­tional rulers, in­ter­est groups and Fu­lani pas­toral­ists. About 100 vil­lagers were killed by un­known gun­men in Kaura LGA re­cently.

Speak­ing dur­ing a cour­tesy visit yes­ter­day, Gover­nor Yero said it is only through sin­cere in­ter­ac­tions with those di­rectly af­fected by con­flicts that the com­mit­tee can iden­tify the true causes as well as well as ways of re­solv­ing it. He said the com­mit­tee should in­ter­act less with the elite who are not di­rectly af­fected be­cause they co­or­di­nate most con­flicts for self­ish ends.

“The cri­sis is not about re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity. It is be­ing en­gi­neered by some people us­ing re­li­gion just in their self­ish in­ter­ests”, he said.

He also told the com­mit­tee to hold meet­ings in the af­fected ar­eas, say­ing, “The meet­ing should have been held in Kaura and other af­fected com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to in­volve people at the grass­roots, so that you can sit down with the na­tives and Fu­la­nis to re­solve the mat­ter.”

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