By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
Former Defense Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (retired) has said that God will use Governor Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state to end the crisis in southern Kaduna.
He spoke at a Peace Summit organized by “Friends of the South of Kaduna” in collaboration with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission held in Kafanchan on Tuesday.
The summit for peace had as theme: “Reduce violence in southern Kaduna.” However, Agwai appealed to el-Rufai to ensure that the lingering crises in the southern part of the state are resolved during his tenure.
He recalled that the crises in South Kaduna preceded the El-Rufai administration, but said it was possible that God wanted to use the governor to end the crisis.
“The government must do more in its primary responsibility to protect lives and property in the state,” he said.
The former CDS, who was represented by Mr. Darey Akau on the occasion, said: “I want to appeal, in particular to our governor, that really the violence in Kaduna did not start today and is older than many of us.
“But how does he know that it is not him whom God has decided to come to and end this violence?
“Why don’t you take a chance and write your name in history so that what many people have not accomplished by God’s grace, he can do it?”
NCPC Executive Secretary Rev. Yakubu Pam said the commission deemed it appropriate to provide a platform for parties to conflict to dialogue and take ownership of the peace process.
“Every time I hear about murder, banditry anywhere in the world, it brings me a vision of the catastrophe, pain, trauma and agony that God’s creation is subjected to.
“Our mission here is to facilitate a peace process through dialogue and negotiations, as well as to enhance participation and cooperation among all stakeholders.
“This is intended to highlight those important and critical differences that you believe are the root causes of this conflict and that you offer means to resolve them.
“Because of the positions they hold in their various communities, we believe that they have the ability to influence decisions between their subjects and others.
TETFUND Executive Secretary Prof. Suleiman Bogoro urged the participants to be frank in their presentations, as only then could a solution be found.
Bogoro called for more federal and state government presence in southern Kaduna.