Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday pleaded with all the communities to refrain from reprisal attack and taking laws into their hands.
El-Rufai said an eye for an eye is not the solution to the killings in the state.
The governor stated this while addressing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at their camp in Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of the state.
This was contained in a statement released by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, he said; ”I am saddened by the situation. “What we saw is unfortunate, but we must speak out and tell our people the right thing to be done. An eye for an eye is not a solution to the vicious cycles of killings and will complicate and undermine collective efforts.
“Our admonition is simple. If Fulani or Adara communities have complaints of killings or attacks, they should report and allow security agencies and government to take up the administration of justice. If these communities resort to taking the laws into their own hands, it will not work. That is not the solution.”
“As a government, we will continue to collaborate with security agencies, traditional and religious institutions in peace building, but we will be frank to our communities. They have lived peacefully before this mistrust and they can rekindle the glorious past by simply not taking the laws into their own hands and doing away with jungle justice.”
“On our own part, we will do our very best in protecting lives and property. We will also not shy away from applying the law to anyone found complicit in the violent communal conflicts, irrespective of their status, religion, ethnicity or political persuasions. Let us cherish all lives. No life is more precious than another life.”