The interior minister has revealed that Muslims are not behind the southern Kaduna killings Speaking on the killings Dambazau warned against giving the killings a religion. The minister called on all quit from fanning the flames of religious division in the country
Abdulrahman Dambazau the interior minister has warned opinion and religious leaders against giving the crisis in Southern Kaduna a religious connotation.
Speaking on Tuesday, December 3, 2017, to the press, Dambazau, who is a retired general said that the crisis is between herdsmen and farmers.
He issued an official statement through Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, his press secretary in which he urged Nigerians to refrain from making incendiary comments about the Kaduna crisis.The retired general explained that due to their own personal gain and selfish interests, some people were always looking for ways to further create division along religious or ethnic lines.
He said: “Economic growth and development will remain a mirage for Nigeria, with over 500 ethnic groups and multiple religions, unless we resolve to live amicably as a people with common destiny. They aim at creating instability in the country.”
He emphasized that criminals and other wicked people who perpetrate violence against innocent, law-abiding citizens do not discriminate along religious and ethnic lines.
He used examples of how communities in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, Lagos and Niger were victimized by those violent criminals.
He reiterated: “A criminal should be treated as such, whether he is involved in armed robbery, drug trafficking, homicides or cattle rustling.
“People should avoid honouring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment.”
In conclusion, he advised opinion and religious leaders to focus on the real enemies of our society, and said that he had directed the Nigerian Police to ensure the sustenance of law and order, and to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in criminal activities in the area and across the country.
Senate president Abubakar Bukola Saraki confirmed this in a statement by his special assistant on new media Bamikole Omisore in Abuja on Tuesday, January 3.