In response ro sweeping public accusations of using Nigeria’s funds to pay off terrorists who have admitted to taking the law into their hands and mass murdering Nigerians, embattled and radical Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai has protested that his administration is only using “unusual methods” to “promote peace.”
According to the governor’s spokesman, ‘’El-Rufai has continued what was admirable in the peace efforts of late Governor Patrick Yakowa, and would do whatever is legitimate to secure lasting peace in the area.’’
Aruwan pointed out that the late Yakowa tried to foster reconciliation with the affected Fulani communities, in order to stem the spiral of vengeance and reprisals.
‘’Yakowa’s efforts were not sustained after his death and violence persisted. When it became our responsibility to provide security for the state, we re-established these contacts so that those who felt they lost in the 2011 violence could let bygones be bygones,’’ he explained.
Aruwan also pointed out that ‘’the quest for peace and the imperative of stemming human suffering requires leaders to explore conventional and unusual means to build peace. That is why the Kaduna State government is combining security action with dialogue and peace-building efforts in southern Kaduna.’’
The governor’s media aide further said that El-Rufai built on Yakowa’s peace building efforts by setting up the General Martin Luther Agwai Peace and Reconciliation Committee to look into the crises in Southern Kaduna.”
Aruwan said that the Agwai Committee report identified three categories of Fulanis that were affected by the 2011 post-election violence which was the root cause of the Southern Kaduna crises.