President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that federal security agencies will hunt and prosecute all those involved in the recent crisis in Kaduna state.
He spoke at a meeting with religious and traditional rulers in the state when he visited Kaduna to condole with residents on the recent violence in the state.
According to the President, Kaduna residents
“cannot kill and burn our way out of poverty and inequality. Strife can only deliver more pain and more strife. It is time to break out of the mind set that limits us from collaborating productively for the common good.
The President said: “Violence shatters and divides people and stifles the prospect of any community that succumbs to its tragic logic. It is my earnest appeal to all who call Kaduna home to do their best to uphold peace in their respective communities. Chaos and anarchy tend to worsen and exacerbate whatever issues are agitating a community.”
Buhari said government will adopt stringent measures to mete out punishment to the perpetrators of the crisis.
“The Federal Government will take strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of these crimes. If, in the past they got away scotfree, we shall now hold everyone to account for these latest killings.
“Let it be clear to all that individuals and communities have obligations to comply with the law and uphold peace.
‘’These obligations include respecting the rights of others to live wherever they choose, to worship freely and to pursue lawful livelihoods anywhere in this country. These are constitutional and human rights that we as a government and people must uphold and defend.
“We are doing our best to develop human capital and address poverty and inequality in all parts of the country. Providing decent education and health are my priority goals.
‘’I am delighted with the successful collaboration between federal institutions like the Bank of Industry and the Kaduna State Government to provide vocational and entrepreneurship skills, and low-interest credit to expand economic opportunities.
“I urge Kaduna State government not to relent in its focus in expanding equality of opportunity, promoting job creation and upholding law and order.
We reported that Kaduna state has witnessed renewed crisis as a result of the gruesome murder of the paramount ruler of the Adara, the Agom Adara, Dr Maiwada Galadima, by kidnappers. The traditional ruler was said to had been shot “immediately the ransom was delivered to the kidnappers” at a point that they chose.
It was learnt that “Even the courier of the ransom money could not understand why the kidnappers shot the paramount ruler who was already on the threshold of freedom.” Residents said the Chief was killed, and his corpse moved to Katari, about 85 kilometres between Abuja and Kaduna, before the kidnappers contacted the family, informing them where to pick the corpse.
It was not clear what the exact ransom paid was, but it was gathered that the money was “substantial.” The development later triggered fresh violence despite security deployments and curfew declared in the state.