Southern Kaduna
Part of the properties destroyed in Southern Kaduna

By Ogbolu George with agency report

The Nigerian Army has organised a town hall meeting with stakeholders in southern Kaduna to explore ways of ending the recurring crisis in the area.

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The meeting held in Kafanchan on Tuesday and alternative measures to complement the military in bringing about permanent peace to the area were sought.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, said the ongoing special operation tagged ‘Harbin Kunama II,’ was to engage the people in securing the area.

He said that the residents must resolve to live in peace and harmony to stop the recurring loss of lives and property.

Securing lives

Buratai assured the people that the military would continue to discharge its mandate of securing the lives and property of all citizens.

He expressed the hope that the residents would resolve to end the cycle of violence in the area by embracing dialogue and mutual respect for one another.

Also, the state deputy governor, Barnabas Bantex said the state government was committed to providing job opportunities for youth as a panacea to the recurring civil unrest.

He expressed concern that the state government was spending huge sums of money on security instead of providing infrastructure and sustainable livelihood for the people.