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We Are Disturbed By Kaduna’s Recent Violence – NSCIA | The Precision

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Below is the full text of the press release by the  Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs:


Once again,
national and international radio waves throbbed with disturbing news of an outbreak of crisis in Kaduna,
the capital city of Kaduna State. The crisis was said to have consumed about 55 lives
with scores of people sustaining
injuries.
The immediate
cause of the crisis that was said to have spilled to areas like Mararrabar Rido and spilled to Sabon Tasha
and Tudun Wada Central Market on Sunday,
October 21, 2018, still remains foggy but reports indicated that it actually started on Friday, October 19, 2018, at
Kasuwar Magani area. The new dimension of
the crisis, this time, was so fierce that a 24-hour curfew had to be declared by the State Government in the city. This
means that no resident or visitor in the troubled area would be able to go out of his/her lodge either in pursuit of
business or even health maintenance.
Besides, the
Inspector General of Police (IGP) had reportedly mobilized
some scores of special anti-riot and anti-terrorism forces to the State to tame the rage of disharmony and quench
the fury of anger. Whatever might have caused this latest crisis and
whatever investigations are to follow
must not be an immediate matter of concern for the authorities now. The immediate concern should be the taming of the
proverbial shrew that is bent on sucking
the blood of humans and ruining the sources of economy.
When the
whirlwind of evil is settled, investigations into the causes and effects of that terribly devastating crisis should
start with thoroughness with a view to
putting a final stop to incessant crisis in
the State. For now, let killings, maiming
and wonton destruction of property stop and
be immediately replaced with a conducive atmosphere in which people can move freely in peace and harmony in the
pursuit of their desires.
The Nigerian
Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of
Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad
Sa‘ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, is very much disturbed
by the current crisis in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State. This is
because such crisis, becoming too frequent, is capable of snowballing into a national calamity. The most disturbing aspect of that crisis so far is
the religious undertone to which the
press is, as usual, linking it.
We call on the
Kaduna State Government as well as the Federal Government to handle the volatile issue with care to prevent it
from getting aggravated. If Nigerians need peaceful coexistence as citizens,
this is the time. We will not be tired of telling government to bring all those
that have hands in these crises to book because, as it were, failure to do just
this has been the most significant factor in making these unfortunate incidents
to be recurrent decimals in the country.
While we may
not be in a position to tell government of the right measures to take in
averting these kinds of tragic incidents, we have the right to express our
opinion to the effect that the persistence of these incidents is continuously
eroding people’s confidence in government. Similarly it smacks of lack of
cooperation, synergy and coordination among the various security agencies and
organizations, needless to talk about near complete absence of intelligence
gathering. These are challenges that the Federal Government will have to
address urgently not only to ensure the entrenchment of enduring peace, but
also to sustain people’s confidence and goodwill.
Signed
Professor Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary-General
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)

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