A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has said sustained dialogue and building and building of confidence among the warring ethnic groups is the solution to the perennial Southern Kaduna crisis.
How To End Southern Kaduna Crisis - Nuhu Ribadu Proffers Solution
Ribadu, who was among those who helped to restore peace among 56 warring communities in Plateau Sate, said sustaining dialogue among the communities in Southern Kaduna is the best way of achieving lasting peace in the region.
The former EFCC boss said any mediator in Southern Kaduna should not overlook the importance of religious and community leaders in facilitating the peace process.
He also said the Southern Kaduna problem is similar to the crisis in Plateau and needed to be solved urgently
“At the height of the crisis in Plateau State at that time, I decided to reach out to a couple of friends within the community. I reached out to people I thought we could initiate something.
“I got Shehu Baba from the Hausa/Fulani Community, a respected young man and told him we can’t sit down and do nothing. We started talking.
“I also reached out to my good friend, Yusuf Pam, from the Birom Christian community, a former Attorney-General of Plateau State and we started by doing a proper research to understand the problem, study it and proffer solutions.”
According to him, the lessons learnt from the crisis in Jos should be a reason to prevent such crisis elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Danjuma La’ah, has countered the claim by Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris about the number of people killed in the crisis, saying the police chief does not have full knowledge of the scale of the ongoing killings.
Idris, who did not give the actual number of those killed in the crisis, said the 808 people the Christian Association of Nigeria claimed have been killed was an exaggeration.
The senator, told the Punch newspaper, that the police chief was not in a better position to talk about the killing than those on the ground.
“Even if the IG was summoned by the Senate to talk about what is happening in southern Kaduna, he might not be in a better position to give a concrete and honest account of what is happening there.
“It must be the locals, those from Southern Kaduna, who can speak nothing but the honest truth about what is happening. And for those security men who are on the ground in Southern Kaduna can as well give their advice based on facts, without fear or favour. Let them come and say precisely what they saw.”