SOKAPU- Southern Kaduna People’s Union has condemned Governor Nasir El-Rufai over his comments on Southern Kaduna and the upcoming 2019 general elections. The governor was said to have expressed fears that the southern Kaduna region may experience violence during the elections considering recent history.
It was alleged that the governor said that “Southern Kaduna people are a difficult people; have a violent nature; have refused to give peace a chance and that the religious, traditional and political leaders do not like him.”
Mr. Yakubu Kuzamin, the National Public Relations officer of the SOKAPU released a statement to counter the statements of the governor. The statement argued that the southern Kaduna region has peaceful people, and has made minimal contributions to all crises that Kaduna has experienced since its inception. SOKAPU also raised concerns that the governor would utter these statements before elections and suggested that there were sinister motives behind the offensive statements.
“Violent eruptions which occurred in the State were reactions epitomized and clearly demonstrated during the post-2011 poll crisis. Contrary to what the governor would like the world to know, Kaduna States’ last known crisis was the post-2011 polls that started outside Southern Kaduna when the home of a former Vice President was attacked even while the 2011 presidential polls were being collated.”
“Apart from the 2000 Sharia crisis that engulfed the state and the 2002 Miss World riot, Kaduna State had enjoyed peace and harmony which was subsequently disrupted following the inhuman attacks on Southern Kaduna communities that left thriving communities in rubbles and displaced thousands of our people in the affected communities,” SOKAPU explained.
“For the Governor to start hinting of violence when the general elections are around the corner indicates something sinister. We are putting the world on notice should anything untoward happen. We on our part would do all that is possible to resist any from instigating crisis in our area under any guise. We clearly want to reiterate again that our people are peaceful and we have resolved to remain like that, and any contrary description from one man no matter how highly placed cannot change anything,” SOKAPU added.