From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, has called for a dialogue among stakeholders in the Southern Kaduna crisis in order to abate the incessant blood shed.
He stated this while speaking to the media in Kaduna at the weekend.
Rev Pam who is also Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) 19 Northern States and Abuja, said what us happening in the region is an in-house affairs and has to be solved by the parties.
He said he has followed the crises in the Southern Kaduna region for a very long time, unfortunately this one us taking a dimension that is dangerous.
Rev Pam called for deployment of more troops to the troubled zone to curtail the situation.
“As a religious leader from northern Nigeria and also as a peace lover of this country ,the events that are happening here should be a concern to every peace lover in Nigeria that is why I came to Kaduna, to talk to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai to add more intervention on what is happening in Southern part of Kaduna state, innocents people are being killed, criminals are having a field day, the stories outside there is painting us very ugly and we need to do something,
“I also pledged with him that we will not leave him alone because the work of peace and resolving crisis like this is not only meant for an individual or government alone but is a work that every citizens will come together on deck and handle it together.”
According to him, he has earlier met with the leadership of CAN Kaduna State Chapter; “I talked with them that it is good for them to speak out but with mindful , you shouldn’t speak in such a way that unity of the state will be destroyed,
“You should speak frank and we should be able to advice the way forward. our speaking should not just be empty and with anger but it should be the way forward, what is the way forward for this crisis.
“I went to the governor and I told him that he need to add more troops and he need to give opportunity from people of Southern Kaduna from both side to meet and dialogue and come out with a white paper which both of them will agree on the way forward and that white paper they might be demand from both side
“He should be ready to have political will to accept the decision of the people. The good news is that El-rufai accepted that whatever will be the result of the meeting with the people he will implement their decision,”he stated
Speaking further the CAN Chairman said, “we are not relaxing, we are going to hold that meeting with them as plans are on ground,” adding that, the stakeholders meeting shall consist of the influential people, selected people of Kaduna, people who are with the people to sit down from both sides for 3days to discuss their differences and to come out with common position
“It may differ in position but will harmonize a lot of them and especially to discuss the root cause of the problem and the way forward,” he said.