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Southern Kaduna: Killings not religious – Nigerian government




Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has called on opinion and religious leaders to refrain from labeling the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Southern Kaduna as religious.
Dambazau in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, yesterday, called on Nigerians to stop making comments capable of heightening the crises, but join hands with government to end the perennial problem.
Dambazau observed that some people were always looking for ways to further create division along religious or ethnic fault lines for their selfish interest, with the aim of creating instability in the country.
He said that true religious leaders should not fan the embers of hate, but ensure that communities lived in peace and harmony.
“Economic growth and development will remain a mirage for Nigeria, with over 500 ethnic groups and multiple religions, unless we resolve to live amicably as a people with common destiny”, he said.
The statement noted that criminals who perpetrate violence against innocent, law-abiding citizens did not discriminate along religious and ethnic lines, citing examples of how Communities in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, Lagos and Niger were victimised by those violent criminals.
“A criminal should be treated as such, whether he is involved in armed robbery, drug trafficking, homicides or cattle rustling. People should avoid honouring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment,” he added.
He advised opinion and religious leaders to focus on the real enemies of the society, who illegally acquired weapons to terrorise Christians and Muslims communities alike.
Dambazau said he had directed the Nigerian Police to ensure the sustenance of law and order, and to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in criminal activities in the area and across the country.
General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, in a recent statement criticized handling of the “ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna” by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

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