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Killings: Kaduna holds peace retreat for monarchs

Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State

Worried by the killing of over 100 persons in three villages in Kaura Local Government Area of the state, the Kaduna State Government on Tuesday organised  a retreat for traditional rulers in the state.

Governor Mukhtar Yero, while speaking on the occasion, asked those perpetrating the killings in the state to fear God and stop the dastardly act.

Besides, Yero  while decrying the killings in three villages of  Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi penultimate Saturday,  said government would assist in rebuilding burnt houses in the affected villages to hasten the return of  normalcy to the area.

He also said government was working with the relevant security agencies in the state to beef up security in the area to forestall future attack on the hapless people of the affected area.

The governor said the two-day retreat for traditional rulers in the state was aimed at enhancing their capacities in dealing with emerging security challenges  in the state.

The governor, who decried the dangerous trend of wanton destruction of lives and property in the state in particular and the nation at large, noted that it was  time to halt the ugly situation through collaborative efforts of stakeholders at all levels.

He said it was unfortunate that some persons  took delight in taking lives of innocent souls without any justification, adding that there was no reason to do that.

 “We need to know why people are now killing fellow humans the way they kill ants. People talk about differences in tribe or religion as the cause of what is happening, but we have all these differences in the past and we lived in peace. So why can’t we live in peace now? We need to find out what has gone wrong,” he said.

Saying that the killings continued unabated because people no longer fear God, Yero  noted that there was the need for all to seek for forgiveness.

“May be it is because we have deviated from the path of the Almighty God and if that is the case, we have to go back and seek for His forgiveness first,” he said.

He urged the traditional rulers in the state to avoid being partisan noting that  as leaders of all, their role was critical in the efforts to ensure lasting peace and security in the state.

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