The Governor of Kaduna State, H E Nasir El-Rufai, has blamed the violence and wanton killings in the Southern part of the state on some religious leaders.
He said this when receiving a delegation led by Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba at Government House, Kaduna on Thursday. The governor said the clerics use their platform to preach disunity and hate which leads to violence in the state.
El-Rufai, however, noted that this government has been able to reduce the violence and killings in the state to the barest minimum, adding that his administration will put an end to insecurity in the state.
He said: “Our study of the situation over four decades has shown that the main drivers of this violence are a few clerics that use their platforms, not to preach peaceful co-existence or promote our common humanity.
“Rather, they use their platforms and revered positions to divide and incite violence. I was sad to hear from the primate that he was a victim in 1987, when his house was burnt down in Wusasa, Zaria.
“In those days, the primate will recall that this sort of violence starts from one part of the state and spreads all over the state.
“One credit that this government gets from everyone, including our adversaries, has been our ability to contain these outbreaks to their points of origin.”
Speaking earlier, Most Rev. Ndukuba called on both Christians and Muslims to work to make the state and nation better. He also asked the governor to do his better in ensuring that no life is lost in the Southern part of the state.