PRESS STATEMENT ON INCESSANT KILLINGS IN KAJURU AND OTHER PARTS OF KADUNA STATE.
The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation expresses serious concern about the incessant butchery and bloodlettings in the southern Kaduna area of Kajuru and other parts of the state. Religion and ethnic reasons should never be justifications for the intractable killings going on in Kajuru and any part of the state.
Despite the commendable efforts of the Kaduna state government and security agencies to end the crises, destructions of lives and property have not abated. Reports of banditry and inter- ethnic revenge killings only point to the fact that there are some diabolic forces who would rather profit from the crises than allow for peaceful resolution of the crisis.
The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation firmly believes that no society can thrive without regard to the sanctity of human life, mutual respect for human dignity and fundamental human rights as guaranteed by our constitution. Mayhem in whatever name or guise is retrogressive and barbaric, which stands condemned.
The Foundation therefore calls on all people of good conscience to join hands with the authorities to end the crises. We also enjoin all political, religious and traditional leaders in southern Kaduna to support the authorities in ensuring that peace returns to the area.
We equally call on the authorities to step up efforts of ensuring that criminal elements and groups that are found involved in the Kajuru quandary should be made to face the full consequences of the law in an open and transparent manner as to serve as deterrent to others.
The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation believes that it is only when peace, mutual trust and respect are engendered that socio – economic development can be achieved. We passionately appeal to all concerned to bring to an end this unacceptable and needless carnage in the land.
Engr Abubakar Gambo Umar
Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation