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CAN flays blame game over Kaduna killings, sues for dialogue


Imams, Ulamas task security operatives on fairness
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned accusations and counter-accusations between the government and other stakeholders over the killings in southern Kaduna and called for dialogue to end the crisis.

CAN urged the federal and Kaduna governments to comb the bushes and recover the guns in the hands of criminals.

President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, who made the call yesterday in Kaduna during a meeting with Governor Nasir el-Rufai on the killings in the State, warned that “if we continue to watch people do reprisal attacks without holding them responsible for taking laws into their hands, we would be guilty of legitimising criminality.”

Ayokunle told the governor that one of the main responsibilities of leadership is problem-solving, not the benefits or the paraphernalia of office alone.

He noted that all eyes were on the governor as the father of the state to proffer solutions.

“Our coming here is not to place accusation against anyone concerning the crisis nor is it to say that the government of the day has not done anything to stop the continuous killings; it is rather to say that the present best of the government and the security agents are not good enough. It would be enough and praiseworthy when the killings stop,” he said.

Responding, Governor el-Rufai said that it was not only Christians that were being killed in the state.

Appealing to stakeholders to join hands to fight the insurgency, he said that security agencies were doing their best to raid the bandits.

Meanwhile, the Council of Imams and Ulamas has called on the security agencies not to be biased in protecting the lives and property of in the troubled zone.

The Secretary General, Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, during a briefing in Kaduna yesterday, urged Muslims to resolve any conflict through non-violent means, adding that the council was praying hard for permanent peace in all parts of the country.

Expressing displeasure over the wanton destruction of lives and property, the group urged the media to be fair in reporting the killings in southern Kaduna.

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