Posted by News Express | 14 January 2017 | 2,063 times
As part of efforts to end the incessant attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Retd.), Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, were in Kaduna on Friday on a peace campaign visit.
Addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Abdulsalami said the clashes and killings are not only limited to Kaduna State, but “is something that can engulf the country.
“So we want to make sure that peace reigns in Nigeria, to make sure that people know that we are together.
“We have to live in peace with each other. What it takes is give and take. We are reaching a situation in the country where human live doesn’t mean anything to people and this is wrong.”
The former Head of State said there is no religion on earth or anywhere that preaches violence.
He said within the week, they are going to meet with religious leaders, the traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders in the area.
“We will also visit the scene in Southern Kaduna, where these problems are and discuss with the people. After which we will now sit down and see what we think should be done,” he said.
Abdulsalami said after their findings, the peace campaign team will come back to the Governor and also if necessary to the Federal Government to discuss a way out.
“Everybody is aggrieved in one way or the other, so what we beg of people is to be patient, try as much as possible to forgive and to be each other’s keeper.
“We must live together, we must find solution to the problems to sit down and talk to ourselves because there is no problem that cannot be solved when you are talking to each other,” he said.
On his part, Bishop Kukah said the visit was more of a solidarity one with the people of Kaduna State.
He advised the people of the state, including the government to look into ways of achieving peace and development as a reason for the supporting democracy.
“What is going now is a very sad phase in our history, but I believe that we can get over it and we will get over it and come out much more stronger and committed to peace,” he said.
Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and other members of the National Peace Committee were also on the peace campaign visit.
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