Why Kaduna vi­o­lence must stop

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Ibrahim Mustapha Pam­be­gua, wrote from Kaduna

The Ka­suwan Ma­gani cri­sis over a week ago claimed the lives of over 55 peo­ple and later moved to Kaduna me­trop­o­lis, where an ad­di­tional 22 lives were lost. The de­vel­op­ment led to a cur­few in the state. Kaduna State has had a his­tory of com­mu­nal and re­li­gious crises. From Ka­suwan Ma­gani cri­sis of 1983, to Zango Kataf cri­sis of 1996 and the ri­ots of 2003. Th­ese crises have se­verely dealt a fa­tal blow to the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the state. Be­sides cre­at­ing an­i­mos­ity among the var­i­ous eth­nic groups, the prob­lem has fur­ther di­vided the state along re­li­gious lines.

Kaduna State, the de­funct cap­i­tal of North­ern Nige­ria, en­joyed rel­a­tive peace for sev­eral decades and the har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship that ex­isted be­tween peo­ple of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and cul­tural her­itage at­tracted nu­mer­ous in­vestors in the past. In fact Kaduna State used to be de­scribed as a mini Nige­ria, hous­ing var­i­ous eth­nic groups. Now, the state has be­come a ghost of its former self due to fre­quent com­mu­nal clashes. Many in­vestors have been forced to re­lo­cate to other states for fear of the un­known. The ques­tions beg­ging for an­swers are: why has the vi­o­lence failed to stop? What are the causes of th­ese crises? What are the so­lu­tions to th­ese bloody car­nages? It ap­pears the crises have failed to stop be­cause some dark forces are ben­e­fit­ing from them. They need to be un­cov­ered. Also, the govern­ment should, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, in­vest heav­ily in the area of for­mal and in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion to ab­sorb the teem­ing un­em­ployed youths in our state. Par­ents and re­li­gious lead­ers should con­tinue to preach love, peace and broth­er­hood to our chil­dren.

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