The Nigerian Senate yesterday condemned the religious clashes that occurred on Monday at Kasuwan Magani, a village in the Kajuru Local government area of Kaduna state. The number of casualties remains unconfirmed but at least ten people are feared dead and several others injured.
The clash was alleged to have started between the Muslims youth and Christians in the region around 10 am. The cause of the clash was alleged to be a rescue attempt for a girl that had been kidnapped. Nigerian Police officials including the assistant commissioner of Police for the Kaduna State Command were on site to restore peace and order.
At the Plenary of the Nigerian Senate meeting yesterday, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central, APC) lamented that Nigerians continue to experience violence in different forms. He explained that this was an unfortunate incident and this was not the norm but Nigeria is now forced to accept violence as a normal occurrence.
“This country is accepting the reality that violence is becoming a way of life. It is so unfortunate that every day we wake up to killings, kidnappings and series of violence that shakes the stability and unity of this country in every aspect. I enjoin this Senate to sympathise with us in Kaduna State and identify with us in this trying moment and in any possible way, commend the security agencies for the prompt response in bringing an end to the mayhem. We must live together as Muslims and Christians, as people from different ethno-religious background,” Sani added
The Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu expressed his regret and condolences to the families affected by the unfortunate incident. He explained that he was deeply troubles as there was a religious undertone to the cause of the clash. He enjoined all Nigerians to live peacefully with one another regardless of tribe or religion.
“It is one incident too many. It is something we need to avoid, any conflict that would have religious bias because that would be the fastest way to liquidate this country. As leaders, we understand that leadership comes with its responsibility. It is our job to keep preaching to those who are leading through our actions and our words that we belong to one government, one destiny and ultimately we are answerable to our creator,” the Deputy Senate President said.
“The fact that someone is a Muslim or Christian does not mean that they hate each other. I am not aware of any religion that preaches hate or killing. It is the way we do our things here that promotes that. We are talking about hate speeches. I think the worst is even hate actions. If we treat ourselves as brothers and sisters, I am sure those who are following us we do exactly the same thing,” Sen. Ekweremadu added.