By Andah John with agency report

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has vowed to prosecute those responsible for the violence that blanketed the southern part of the state.

The governor, who expressed sadness over the crisis, exonerated himself of any complicity.

Governor El-Rufai made this known in a meeting he had with the Kabiru Gaya-led Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Southern Kaduna on Tuesday at the Government House.

He described his accusers as mischievous, noting that no patriotic chief executive would allow his state to be on fire.

The governor regretted that the impasse was prolonged by the non-prosecution of the sponsors over the years.

”The reasons the southern Kaduna crisis has continued unabated is because those involved have neither been punished nor prosecuted in the 35 last years.”

The governor charge the committee “to see the reality of what is happening in southern Kaduna as against the fiction,” advising it not to believe anyone “based on his credibility or apparent credibility,” including the statement credited to the Catholic Church in Kafanchan, which he described as “totally false.”

The governor further told the panel that there were several “irresponsible comments on the crisis by people who should know better.”

According to him, even the figures released by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the violence were those of six local councils and involved trapped Christians, Muslims and traditionalists.

El-Rufai also accused some traditional and community rulers in the area of perpetuating the crisis for selfish ends, pledging to prosecute them.

Gaya had told the governor that their target was to investigate and find a lasting solution to the crisis.

“Our mission is to interact, discuss with government, stakeholders, community leaders, security agencies on the remote causes of the continuous crisis in the southern part of the state,” he stated.