Ex-Gov Makarfi Offers Buhari, El-Rufai Tips To End Southern Kaduna Killings
Former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi says killings in Southern Kaduna will not end until the Federal and state governments engage all relevant stakeholders.
Expressing sadness at the wanton killings going in the volatile region, he said proper stakeholder engagement would give the government’s efforts to end the crises the much-needed boost.
Makarfi, who is also a former Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disclosed this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Murktar Sirajo.
“Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is disturbed and saddened by news of the resurgence of violence in the southern part of Kaduna State.
“He also calls on the people to cooperate with the government as it grapples with this and other challenges.
“Senator Makarfi also calls on the government at both federal and state levels to ensure that the security agencies are adequately mobilized to properly secure the area, in particular, given the suspected infiltration from outside.
“He also advises the authorities, particularly at the state level, to intensify efforts at finding a lasting solution to the problem through the constructive engagement of all stakeholders, such as traditional, religious, community and political leaders,” the statement read.
The presidency has blamed reprisal attacks for the unending crises in Southern Kaduna, a position that has drawn condemnation from many quarters.
Also, Governor Nasir el-Rufai imposed a 24-hour curfew on the area in a bid to curb the killings.
However, residents said that the killings have not abated, but have increased.
Attacks on four villages in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area on Wednesday night left no fewer than 22 persons dead.