Middle Belt forum advises El-Rufai, Buhari must do over Kaduna Crisis

The Middle Belt Forum, (MBF), has advised Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and President  Muhammadu Buhari on what to be done to curb violence in some parts of the state.

MBF urged Buhari to set up a commission of inquiry on the violence in a bid to forestall future recurrence.

In a statement signed by its President, Bitrus Pogu, MBF however called on Governor El-Rufai to rise above partisanship and govern the state in fairness.

The body urged the Federal Government to probe “the alleged show of partiality by the state government in tackling the internecine crises”.

The statement reads, “To the federal government of Nigeria we demand that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, immediately impanel an independent commission of enquiry to investigate the causes of the unending killings in Kaduna over time and the alleged show of partiality by the State Government in tackling the internecine crises.

“The federal government should take full control of the situation in Kaduna state in order to avert further breakdown of law and order.

“Governor El-Rufai should desist from the divide and rule tactics which he is perceived to have adopted in the handling of the Shiite affair dividing the Muslim Ummah so that he is perceived as a defender of the Sunni sect interest; his visit to the Hausa-Fulani community of Kasuwan Magani and refusal to commiserate with the Adara community is seen part of the divide and rule tactics and should be discontinued.

“We demand that the imposition and enforcement of the curfew in various towns and locations by the government should be carried out fairly. So far, the imposition of the curfew on some communities while leaving out some others nearby is perceived as unjust and punitive.

“We call on the government to provide succor to those who have been negatively impacted by the disturbance, particularly those who have lost their homes should be provided with relief materials and temporary shelters and medication among others.”

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