Stop the Killings in Southern Kaduna, Balarabe Begs
Second Republic governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, on Thursday called for an end to the killings in the Southern part of the Kaduna state.
The elderstatesman, who made the plea while speaking to journalists at his residence in Kaduna, urged the people of the state to shun divisive tendencies and come together to stop the killings, which, according to him, has taken the lives of many people.
"I think this is something that has been going on since 1986. It has been going on this since then and each time it gets worse.
"But, let us go to the root of the matter. The root of the matter is comparative poverty, lack of enlightenment and manipulation by the elites" he said.
He maintained that poverty, ignorance and the bankruptcy of the elites were responsible for the frequent crisis .
"The level of poverty in the Southern part of the state is much higher than the rest part of the state.
" For example, the Southern part consists of eight local government areas, but there is not a single industry in the area.
"The industries that were established in the area during the second republic were destroyed by the elites in Southern Kaduna in collaboration with their counterparts in the northern part of the state. So with this situation, what do you expect?
"Secondly, the level of enlightenment in the southern part of the state is much lower and therefore, it is very easy to manipulate people and engage them in self destruction"
"The third root of the problem is the bankruptcy of the elites in both the Southern-Kaduna and other parts of the state, with higher bankruptcy in the southern part of the state".
He stated further that one of the issues that has always caused problems in Kaduna state is the legitimate agitation of the people of the Southern Kaduna for the opportunity to have a Governor from the zone.
Musa noted that "In spite of their legitimate desire to produce a Governor for the zone, they don't vote for the candidate when they get one, they instead go for money and position for themselves.
"For instance, on two occasions, the PRP ( Peoples Redemption Party) nominated Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi from the southern part of Kaduna as its candidate for governorship election, but they refused to vote for him.
"They voted for another party that gave their elites money and positions. Now, is this not bankruptcy?
"Now, with this situation, nothing can change, unless you have a determined and progressive situation in the state where people will concern themselves with the dignity of the human person first, then it would not matter whether you are from the south or you are from the north"
He dismissed the allegations in some quarters that President Mohammadu Buhari and the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai were sponsors of the attacks, recalling that his administration was also a victim of cattle rustlers in the northern part of the state.
He called on the southern Kaduna people to resist incitements from some people in the Southern part of Nigeria who are misadvising them to carry arms and come together and join hands with some of the honest people in Kaduna North and central to end the crisis.
Musa said "Accusing Hausa/Fulani of being behind the attacks in the area is very dangerous, let all of us come together as one irrespective of our religion and ethnicity to end the killings."
He particularly accused former aviation minister, Fani Kayode and other elites of using Southern Kaduna killings as an avenue to make money and advance political relevance while victims were still in pains and trauma.
He warned that inciting Southern Kaduna people against others in the state would be destructive, stressing that Senator Danjuma La'ah and others who were allegedly encouraging Southern Kaduna people to defend themselves will lead to more crisis.
Musa tasked El-Rufai to revive the Kachia Ginger factory and other companies which were established by his administration in the southern part of the state in the 1980s in order to address the high rate of poverty and backwardness of the zone.
He accused the elites in the state for destroying the industries built in the zone when he was governor.