The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has announced his readiness to tackle the insecurity crisis in the Southern part of the state, before he leaves office in 2023.
Recall that the region has suffered several attacks on rural communities with many lives lost over the years. According to reports, many have attributed ethnic and religious motivations to the attacks, with Muslim Fulani youths frequently accused of the suspected genocidal campaign against the mainly Christian population of the region.
However, Governor El-Rufai disclosed during an interview on Channels TV on Monday, September 21, 2020, that he is determined to put an end to the crisis, even though he had been criticised in certain quarters for supporting the attackers and through his allegedly soft handling of the crisis.
Moreover, El-Rufai further pointed out that the legacy he is most interested in leaving behind is dealing with the issue in the state. He also added that his government inherited a legacy of ethno-religious intolerance when he was first elected governor in 2015.
The governor also noted that the justice system has been too slow in taking legal action to the offenders, and that deterrence must be fixed. He further stressed that the disaster has reached a tipping point, adding that his administration is doing its best to tackle it.
“I am determined that I’ll be the last governor that has to face this problem. For me, it is a key legacy I want to leave behind. By the grace of God, by the time we leave in 2023, there will be no crisis in Southern Kaduna,” he said.
El-Rufai also disclosed that the security footprint in the restive region has improved due to the determinations of his management after a lot of thoughtful study of the crisis.
Furthermore, he noted that community leaders are also currently taking ownership and bringing people together to restore harmony. The governor added that the crisis will also be improved by opportunities for investments and jobs being created by his government.