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Busybodies trying to deny Kajuru killings – El-Rufai replies critics

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Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has reacted to
claims by some people that he fabricated the killings of
66 people of Fulani origin killed in Kajuru local
government area of the state on February 16, 2019.
The state government’s statement came after Southern
Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) said the governor’s
comment over the Kajuru killings was deliberately
orchestrated to inflame ethnic and religious sentiments
to produce yet another cycle of bloodshed in the state.
The governor, who spoke through his senior special
assistant on media and publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said he
would not tolerate people trying to politicise the killings,
Vanguard reports.
Aruwan said: ” Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai has
visited the scenes of the Kajuru killings. The governor was
accompanied on the trip by Major-General Faruk Yahaya,
GOC 1 Division of the Nigerian Army; Air Cmdr. Sani of
Nigerian Air Force; Police Commissioner Ahmad
Abdurrahman and state Director of DSS, A.I. Koya. The
chairman of Kajuru local government council, Cafra Caino, also joined the governor on the visit.
The Kaduna state government notes the concerted and
apparently coordinated efforts by bigoted busy bodies to
deny the Kajuru killings or to minimise the casualty
figures, and the specious arguments being deployed in this
despicable quest. The Kaduna state government condemns
in the strongest terms attempts to politicise the killings.
“Only irresponsible and insensitive people can recklessly
dismiss the deaths of members of a community with whom they have no contact. Private individuals and unelected actors cannot be allowed to reduce weighty matters of state security to the province of their limited networks, inexperienced lenses and narrow agendas.
“The government of a state cannot be detained by
parochial, ethno-religious, partisan or electoral
calculations from doing its duty to provide security,
confirm incidents of security breaches, take steps to
reassure affected communities and ensure that perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice.”

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