Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday met with major stakeholders in Kaduna State in a move to put an end to the killings in Southern Kaduna.
Osinbajo met with the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and some members of the affected communities.
At the meeting, which was held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, after the acting President’s inspection of the Kaduna Airport, Osinbajo noted that it was not possible to understand and proffer solutions to the problem in one meeting.
Osinbajo said, “Let me say that there is no question at all that many have suffered, families have lost loved ones, a lot of bloodletting has taken place in Southern Kaduna in the past few weeks and I want to express my sincere condolences to all of those who have lost families and friends and who have been traumatized by the terrible things that have been going on in Southern Kaduna in the past few months.
As a matter of fact, I have tried very hard to study the crisis in Southern Kaduna. Personally, I have read quite a few documents, including reports of past crises.
“I don’t want us to be in a hurry, I am certainly not in a hurry because I don’t believe that a crisis where there have been so much bloodletting and hatred over the years can be resolved by a couple of meetings, no, I don’t believe that is possible.
“I have talked to his Excellency, the governor, that what I would like to achieve is not a quick fix. But I want us to begin a process and I want to be a part of that process that will listen to each group separately and then get everyone together.”
State Chairman of CAN, Revd. George Dodo, thanked the acting President and the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, for making moves to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the southern part of the state.
The representative of JNI in the state, Alhaji Sanusi Maikudi, blamed the crisis on the failure of past governments to implement recommendations of commissions of inquiry.