The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has called for a commission of inquiry over the recent killings in Kaduna State.
The group said it is gravely disturbed by the violence that has engulfed Kaduna State since Thursday, the 18th day of October, 2018, following another round of sectarian crisis that erupted in a market in Kasuwan Magani town of Kajuru local government area of the state.
A statement issued by the president of the group, Dr Bitrus Pogu said the federal government should constitute a commission of inquiry into the killings.
“We demand that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately form 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, particularly as majority of the people of Southern Kaduna believe that the governor of Kaduna State has since taken side in the conflict in view of the fact that he had earlier openly confessed to paying a group of foreign Fulani marauders responsible for the killings in Southern Kaduna.
“The federal government should take full control of the situation in Kaduna State in order to avert further breakdown of law and order. We call on governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai to rise above partisan politics and govern in with fairness, equity, the fear of God, in the interest of the people of Kaduna State and all the citizens Nigeria.
“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 as part of the divide and rule tactics and should be discontinued,” the statement added.
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