Slain Kaduna monarch, Galadima, buried amidst tight security
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.