Slain Kaduna monarch, Gal­adima, buried amidst tight se­cu­rity

The Punch - - NEWS - GOD­WIN ISENYO

AMID tears, the re­mains of the paramount ruler of Adara Chief­dom, Dr Gal­adima Mai­wada, who was killed by sus­pected kid­nap­per two weeks ago, were buried in Kachia, Kachia Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kaduna State, on Satur­day.

The killing of the Agom Adara af­ter the ab­duc­tors col­lected a ran­som of N6.8m out of the N100m de­manded, sparked off cri­sis in the state, forc­ing the state gov­ern­ment to im­pose a 24-hour-cur­few.

The tra­di­tional ruler was buried amidst un­usual pres­ence of se­cu­rity of­fi­cials at the royal burial site around Kachia town.

At the fu­neral ser­vice held at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Kachia, the Catholic Arch­bishop of Kaduna dio­cese, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso, cau­tioned against un­guarded state­ments by po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, say­ing that the gov­ern­ment must be seen to be fair to all.

The cleric noted that the cri­sis in the coun­try was not about two ma­jor re­li­gious faith­ful — Chris­tians and Mus­lims — but about fa­nat­ics, kid­nap­pers and ter­ror­ists.

This he said was be­cause ad­her­ents of the two re­li­gions were not at war with each other, adding that those in the po­si­tion of au­thor­ity should go af­ter the crim­i­nals in the land.

He said the na­tion’s se­cu­rity agen­cies should work harder in the area of in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, shar­ing and sur­veil­lance.

The cleric said, “If last­ing peace is to be achieved, the first con­di­tion is to re­move the causes of dis­sent among the dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the so­ci­ety, such as ex­ces­sive eco­nomic in­equal­i­ties, dis­re­gard for peo­ple’s rights, sys­temic and de­lib­er­ate poli­cies of ex­clu­sion and dis­trust.

“This calls for a change of heart and de­lib­er­ate ef­forts at pro­mot­ing com­mon good. If we must achieve last­ing peace in our dear state, there is an ur­gent need for co­or­di­na­tion of ef­forts of all stake­hold­ers, namely: po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and tra­di­tional rulers.

“Our coun­try is at war with fa­nat­ics, kid­nap­pers, ter­ror­ists and op­por­tunists who are crim­i­nals, killing and maim­ing in­no­cent Nige­ri­ans, re­gard­less of reli­gion, eth­nic­ity and po­lit­i­cal lean­ings.”

He said those charged with the con­sti­tu­tional duty of pro­tect­ing and se­cur­ing peo­ple’s lives and prop­erty must go af­ter them.

Com­mend­ing the se­cu­rity agen­cies for en­sur­ing peace in the state, the cleric also called on the gov­ern­ment to in­vest more in se­cu­rity.

“We are not obliv­i­ous of the enor­mous chal­lenges fac­ing them in these very dif­fi­cult and try­ing mo­ments. We know that very of­ten they put their lives on the line to make us safe. I be­lieve that like ev­ery­thing else in life there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment,” he added.

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