To cushion the effect of the recent attacks on three communities in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State,Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero ,has promised to assist in rebuilding burnt houses in the affected villages so as to hasten the rehabilitation process and return life to normalcy for the natives.
He said at a meeting with traditional rulers from the state that his government was also working with relevant security agencies so as to enhance security in the area.
Yero said the meeting was part of his administration’s multi- dimensional approach to security and peace building and that was why the Kaduna State government organised a two-day retreat for the traditional rulers from all parts of the state, to enhance their capacities in dealing with emerging security challenges.
Speaking while declaring the retreat open, Governor Yero decried the dangerous trend of wanton destruction of lives and property in the state in particular and the nation in general,saying it was time to halt the ugly situation through collaborative efforts of stakeholders at all levels.
Governor Yero said it is unfortunate that some persons found pleasure in taking human lives without justification ,adding that “We need to know why people are now killing fellow humans the way they kill ants. People talk about differences in tribe or religion as the cause of what is happening, but we have all these differences in the past and we lived in peace. So ,why can’t we live in peace now, we need to find out what has gone wrong.”
He also expressed the need for people to fear God “may be, it is because we have deviated from the path of the Almighty God and if that is the case, we have to go back and seek for His forgiveness first.”
He called on traditional rulers to avoid being partisan ,saying as royal fathers, their role was critical in the efforts of building lasting peace and security.
“Dialogue is the only answer, we need to dialogue in order to understand with one another. Like I have said, there is no amount of guns or security that can guarantee peace, it is only through dialogue and understanding,” he said.
He also said a similar retreat will soon be held for religious leaders in the state as a way of reminding them on the need to promote peaceful coexistence through their preachings and sermons.
He, therefore,urged participants at the retreat to concentrate on papers to be delivered by resource persons drawn from security agencies and experts ,adding that “don’t leave anything, you should try to find solutions to this problems because I believe that if we have lived peacefully in the past, we can continue to coexist peacefully irrespective of our diversity. Everyone has a right to practice any religion and there is no compulsion in that. I always believe that once kaduna is peaceful the entire country will be peaceful.”