El-Rufai’s Statements Heightened Southern Kaduna Crisis – NGO

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    *calls for compensation for property, lives lost

    Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s statements contributed in heating up the Southern Kaduna crisis, a non governmental organization, Dimidari Empowerment Foundation, has opined.

    Speaking on behalf of Dimidari Foundation, Ndi Kato said that statements from people of authority helped in heightening the crisis.

    “I believe the governor is a governor to everyone, so some statements need to be done away with,” she added.

    Kato who expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of the ‘Documenting Memory and Encouraging Engagement in Southern Kaduna Roundtable’ held in Kaduna at the weekend, stressed that a citizen should be able to say the government is not doing enough and the government listens and starts doing more.

    She said part of what the government should do in the short term is to compensate Southern Kaduna people for losses recorded from the attacks on them.

    “People who have lost property and lives need to be compensated. In terms of economy, we need to rebuild. They are an agrarian community and they need to be compensated,” she added.

    Speaking further, the social crusader said that she has called for government’s sincerity in solving the Southern Kaduna problem.

    “We need to realize that the life of a single Nigerian matters. As soon as the government realizes that one life is too much to lose, the problem will be contained. We need to go back to the drawing board that value for human life is important,” she emphasized.

    On the way forward, she said that a different approach other than protests should be adopted in making the government responsive.

    “Some of us are considered trouble makers. We are used to protesting. Protests have so far, not solved the problem. We should try dialogue,” she advised.

    The roundtable discussion which attracted key stakeholders from within and outside Southern Kaduna had its topic as: ‘Women Involvement and Empowerment’.

    It was organized by the Kukah Centre.

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