From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Chairman of Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Mr Charles Danladi has called on security agencies to investigate a protest planned for today to destabilise the area and cause unrest.
Speaking yesterday in Kaduna, the chairman said the protest was planned by some disgruntled elements in Kaduna to “promote religious division in Sanga” based on claims of a move against Christians holding political offices in the local government area.
Danladi, who stated the allegation on which the planned protest was premised was false, said: “I wish to bring to your attention deliberate plans by certain persons to incite ethno-religious crises in Sanga LGA and to request that security agencies investigate, take steps to uphold peace in Sanga LGA and bring those responsible for this incitement to book.
“Those behind these plans to cause a breach of the peace and incite communal tension met in Kaduna over the weekend under the auspices of a political party.
“By the evening of Sunday March 31st, 2019, they had sent monies into Sanga LGA to fund the protests scheduled for Tuesday April 2nd, 2019.
“Information available to me indicates that these persons want to promote religious division in our LGA.
“They have prepared a campaign based on patently false claims that there is a move against Christians holding office in our LGA.
“They want to cloak their negative activities under the guise of protecting me against alleged attempts to remove me as chairman by Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the Deputy Governor-elect of Kaduna state.
“There is nothing of the sort and the masterminds know this but they seek to deliberately perpetrate falsehood and further irresponsible narratives.”
According to the chairman, despite the security challenges faced in the area, they are at peace with each other and the state government has been helpful in providing relief materials to victims of attacks.
He said there are over 1,000 internally displaced Christians and Muslims in the LGA and efforts are ongoing to repair their houses to enable the victims return back to their homes.
Danladi lamented proliferation of arms in the LGA, noting that some of the attacks blamed on Fulani were carried out by people who launch such attack and killings to pay back on little issues such as land dispute, because they are empowered by possession of guns and other arms.