Politicians, elite use southern Kaduna crisis to make money — Balarabe Musa

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 20 January 2017 | 2,176 times

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Elder statesman Balarabe Musa.

An elder statesman and first executive Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has accused politicians and the elite of using Southern Kaduna killings as an avenue to make money and advance political relevance while victims wallow in pains and trauma.

Speaking with journalists at his residence on Thursday in Kaduna, Musa warned that inciting Southern Kaduna people against others in the state is destructive.

He said call by politicians for self defence in Southern Kaduna, would rather bring more crisis.

“The Southern Kaduna people must resist incitements from some people in the Southern part of Nigeria who are misadvising them to carry arms against each other.

“Accusing Hausa/Fulani of being behind the attacks in the area is very dangerous. When you are accusing Hausa/Fulani and their religion, it will end up being destructive. Let’s come together as one and deal with those criminals,” he said.

He called on the entire people of Kaduna State irrespective of religion and ethnicity to come together as brothers and sisters to end the killings which he said started since 1986.

Musa advised Governor Nasir El-Rufai to revive Kachia Ginger and other companies in the Southern part of the state which according to him, “will address the high poverty and backwardness of the zone.”

Contributing, Alhaji Musa said: “The Southern Kaduna elite collaborated with their Northern Kaduna elite to destroy the industries built in the zone like Kachia Ginger factories.

“Southern Kaduna elite are the problem of the area. They prefer money and appointments rather than to govern the state.

“I do not believe President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai are behind the killings in Southern Kaduna.”

The former governor stressed that he was also a victim of cattle rustlers in the northern part of the state.

“Those elite, including those calling for self defence in Southern Kaduna, are making the situation to be worse and self destructive,” he said, adding:

“For Fani Kayode, I know he is a trouble maker. Kayode always mislead people even the government he served. Kayode calling on Southern Kaduna to carry arms is condemnable. He is making money from his utterances but is unfortunate.”

Source: News Express

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