Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said Southern Kaduna leaders are responsible for the killings in the state.
El-Rufai who said this while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, alleged that Southern Kaduna leaders were opposed to peace in the region because his administration had refused to grease their palms, a practice he disclosed has been ongoing for 20 years.
According to the governor, all those responsible for the mayhem currently ravaging the state would be brought to book sooner than later.
He said; “Nobody that does not encourage peaceful co-existence will have access to the Governor or the government house. I have no time for them. I am using the security agencies to carefully map them, and when we accumulate enough evidence, we will get them, put them before a judge
“I have no time for nonsense. I will not appease criminals. I will not appeal ideal people who have nothing to do but raise a spectre of genocide so that they can get and so-and-so, so that they can get donations and money into their bank accounts from abroad, instead of standing up and having a profession and a business and earn a living.”
The governor further stated that the Southern Kaduna leaders were opposed to anyone seeking peaceful co-existence in the state.
“The problem of the Southern Kaduna elite is that they have their own narrative, whether it is true or false, they stick to it,” he said.
“And anyone that says something to the contrary has taken sides, even among them. This is one of the problems that frustrated my former Deputy Governor, Architect Yusuf Bala to say ‘I don’t want to be Deputy Governor, I’ll rather run for the Senate.”
He further stated that ‘anyone that is moderate, anyone that is promoting peaceful co-existence between various ethnic groups is considered a sellout.”
El-Rufai added that a governor like him who did not appease them – because they were used to being appease, they caused trouble.
According to him, the leaders he talked about organised the killings saying “and they are invited, their leaders are invited by the Governor, they wine and dine, they are given brown envelopes, that’s what they have been doing for 20 years. And we came into office and said ‘no more.”