Kaduna State residents under the umbrella of The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, have reacted to the prediction of the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai on Southern Kaduna.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered from reports that “El-Rufai had earlier predicted that there might be a crisis in the area during the 2019 general elections judging from past experiences in Southern Kaduna.”
The Governor made this known via a statement issued by SOKAPU’s National Public Relation Officer, Mr Yakubu Kuzamani, “that a catalogue of ethno-religious crises in Kaduna State puts a big lie to El-Rufai’s hypothesis of “recurrent crises”.
He said further, “Violent eruptions which occurred in the State were reactions epitomised and clearly demonstrated during the post-2011 poll crisis.”
“Contrary to what the governor would like the world to know, Kaduna States’ last known crisis was the post-2011 polls that started outside Southern Kaduna when the home of a former Vice President was attacked even while the 2011 presidential polls were being collated.”
“Apart from the 2000 Sharia crisis that engulfed the state and the 2002 Miss World riot, Kaduna State had enjoyed peace and harmony which was subsequently disrupted following the inhuman attacks on Southern Kaduna communities that left thriving communities in rubbles and displaced thousands of our people in the affected communities,” the statement explained.
SOKAPU stated that “for the governor to start hinting of violence when the general elections are around the corner indicates something sinister.”
“We are putting the world on notice should anything untoward happen. We on our part would do all that is possible to resist any from instigating crisis in our area under any guise.”
“We clearly want to reiterate again that our people are peaceful and we have resolved to remain like that, and any contrary description from one man no matter how highly placed cannot change anything,” the statement added.