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Former Nigeria Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd)

By Andah John

Members of Nigeria’s National Peace Committee on Friday had a closed-door meeting with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, over the killings in the Southern part of the northwestern state.

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The committee was led by its Chairman and a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd).

We gathered that the meeting focused, in detail, ways to resolve the reoccurring killings in southern Kaduna where hundreds of lives have been lost and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Our findings further revealed that some other eminent Nigerians were also at the meeting. They include the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar lll; the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah and Cardinal John Onaiyekan.

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Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar lll and Cardinal John Onaiyekan at the meeting with the governor

In his address to journalists, the NPC chairman said the committee was on a fact-finding mission to Kaduna following the unfortunate killings.

“There is no religion on earth or anywhere that preaches violence. So this is why we are here.

”One of the points that the governor drew our attention to is the way people take law into their hands and go free. And this impunity must be checked. These are some of the issues we discussed.”

In a similar vein, Bishop Kukah called on the Kaduna State Government to put in more effort in restoring peace in the area, even as he believes the state can get over this challenge.

“I think what the people of Kaduna State, including the government should be doing now is to look into how we can achieve peace and development and I think that is the reason we have democracy.

“What is going on now is a very sad phase in our history, but I believe that we can get over it and we will get over it and come out much stronger and committed to peace.”