Open let­ter to Gov­er­nor El-Ru­fai

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Jabir T. Us­man Kaduna south, Kaduna

Iwrite to em­pha­sise the need for peace in Kaduna State. In fact there is no state or coun­try in the world that can de­velop with­out peace. But, peace can­not be prop­erly re­stored in ar­eas that have ex­pe­ri­enced con­flicts with­out the gov­ern­ment deal­ing with those who in­sti­gated the vi­o­lence.

Sir, what hap­pened to the rec­om­men­da­tions of the re­port of the com­mis­sion of in­quiry, which you as­signed Gen­eral Martin Luther Ag­wai to chair? The com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted a re­port on the South­ern Kaduna crises? There is a need for the rec­om­men­da­tions of that re­port and other re­ports on vi­o­lence in the state to be im­ple­mented. Per­pe­tra­tors should be made to un­der­stand that they can­not get away eas­ily.

Also, it is im­por­tant to note that the cre­ation of ad­di­tional chief­doms and district heads by the Makarfi gov­ern­ment was part of the rec­om­men­da­tions of a com­mis­sion of in­quiry on the re­li­gious and eth­nic crises which oc­curred dur­ing the for­mer gov­er­nor’s ten­ure. And they were cre­ated so that tra­di­tional rulers could help in the peace build­ing ef­forts. So I think tra­di­tional rulers play sig­nif­i­cant role in the so­ci­ety and any­thing that can be done to en­cour­age them should be done. Re­cently, there have been pock­ets of crises in parts of the state. I urge the gov­er­nor to do his best so that all the per­pe­tra­tors can be brought to book.

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