Southern Kaduna Crisis: Council of Imam Blames Non Prosecution of Past Perpetrators

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By; Juliana Katung, Kaduna.

The ongoing crises in the southern part of Kaduna state has been attributed to the failure of previous government to punish the alleged perpetrators that instigated the past crises far back 1992 that occurred in the area, these include General Zamani Lekwot and five others.

The council of Imam and Ulamas, Kaduna State, stated this while addressing news men in Kaduna, calling for both federal and state government to arrest and prosecute the president, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria and others southern Kaduna leaders who according to them made inflammatory statement by saying that the people of the area should rise up and defend themselves, since the government fail to protect them from the alleged attacks by Fulani in order to avoid  further instigation from them.

According to the chairman of the council, Sheikh Abubakar Babantune who read the text, Kaduna State in the last one year has not been in peace as result of mischief makers and the reckless utterances of the southern Kaduna political and religious leaders.

He added that there have been several news report credited to southern Kaduna political and religious leaders urging their people to take arms to defend themselves and nothing was done to prevent its occurrence until the worse happen where hundreds of Hausa Fulani were senselessly and mercilessly massacred in the area.

The chairman stressed that the Imam and Ulama are most disturbed with the recent events in the area and are ready to support the federal and state government in taking legal measure to deal with any individual or group of persons without fear or favour with intention of causing further disturbances or breach of peace in order to have a lasting peace in the state.

Sheikh Babantune while commending Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and members of the security council for not responding to the provocation and molestation by women and youths of the southern part, called on all imams and ulama to pray for a permanent peace and economic prosperity of the state and the country in general.

Those to be arrested included Dr Samson Olasopu Ayokunle and Rev Musa Asake, president and secretary general of CAN respectively, Sector Danjuman La-ah, Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung member representing Zangon Kataf/Jaba federal constituency, Barrister Solomon Musa, SOKAPU president and all the executive members as well as Dr John Danfulani.

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