‘Religious intolerance cause of Kaduna crisis’

OrderPaperToday – The lawmaker representing Chikun/Kajuru federal constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Barde (PDP), on Tuesday said religion and ethnicity were responsible for the recent crisis that has engulfed some areas in his state.

Mr. Barde, who presented a motion on the floor of the green chamber said that moving forward, people must learn to tolerate one another irrespective of ethnicity or religious affiliations.

According to him, “the way out is a big question in the sense that it is not something you can just say this is the solution but it has to be a continuous process and like I have always asked if majority of Nigerians are saying they are either Muslim or Christians, the question is, what are we teaching our children in the Churches or what are we teaching our children in the Mosques?

“If we are really preaching peace to them, then there will be no reason why somebody will just hear of a crisis and the next thing he just comes to the road and try to differentiate on who he should kill based on religion, and who he should let go based on religion, it doesn’t make sense.”

He also stressed the need for reorientation of the people both in Mosques and Churches so that peace can be achieved.

“I think we need re-orientation of our people. I think we really need to check what is being done in Mosques and in the Churches. May be some people are inciting the young ones. Otherwise, if you see those adults or those who are relatively well to do, you don’t see their children going out on the road. So the question is, why is it that it is the poor peoples’ children that go out to the road. These are all the questions that must be addressed and it is a responsibility for all Nigerians”.

In the motion, Mr. Barde noted that Kasuwan Magani, a community in Kajuru local government in the state was badly affected by the crisis, decrying the continuous hostage of the paramount ruler of Adara community whom on receiving the report of the mayhem visited the area but was kidnapped along side his wife.

He narrated: “On Sunday the 21 day of October, 2018 which happened to be a market day in Kujama town in Chikun local government, some hoodlums suddenly launched an attack on marketers in the guise of retaliation of what happened in Kasuwa Magani Kajuru, thereby killing 50 people and burning cars worth millions of naira.

“My message is that we should keep calm and keep praying for the paramount ruler to be released and secondly, for those of us who are living in the area not to create panic because some of the issues are happening out of panic; someone will just create rumours and send stories out that people are killed and running helter-skelter, then the next thing, others will go and barricade the roads”.

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