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Southern Kaduna crisis is deliberately being turned into religious conflict - Jama?atu Nasril Islam.

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto has reacted to the killings recorded in Southern Kaduna within the last few weeks.

In a statement released after the Sultan of Sokoto met Governor El-Rufai on Monday August 24, JNI averred that the politically-driven crisis in Southern Kaduna is deliberately being became an ethno-religious conflict.'

The group also stated that it's observed carefully with serious concern the unfortunate unfolding events of bloodletting and serial killings, also as the resultant inflammatory commentaries being aired, which are utterly condemnable in their entirety.

The statement signed by the Secretary-General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu read; 

We strongly believe that the politically-driven crisis is being deliberately becoming ethno-religious conflict of worrisome dimension.

Thus, we involve caution and restraint from all parties involved. It should however be noted that ethnoreligious conflict isn’t easily manageable and hence, we must all rise to the occasion to forestall its recurrence in Kaduna State, because it is usually said, a stitch in time saves nine!

It is very clear that some interest groups cried wolf than the bereaved within the present circumstance and thus, the necessity for state to quickly act before such interest groups exacerbate the already precarious situation that would jeopardize frantic efforts aimed toward restoring law and order through dialogue and commitment for peace with all relevant stakeholders within the state.

We have nonetheless observed with dismay the unguarded utterances of some citizens including elder statesmen, who through the print, electronic and social media, are at the best should be doing everything possible to curtail the tensed situation but instead like better to function conflict entrepreneurs in exasperating the already worsened situation.

Therefore, all hopes shouldn't be lost in tackling the matter. Government should do more and whosoever is found wanting should accordingly be delivered to book, as Nigerians are uninterested in the lingering crises bedeviling the Southern Kaduna region and by extension the whole country.

In addition, government must do everything possible to bring an end to the fracas and alter the narrative of violence thereto of peace. it's time that culprits be identified and punished, so on function deterrent.

 it's hardly imaginable that such dastardly acts could still reoccur in Kaduna State; despite several efforts to bring peace and harmony through the great works of the Kaduna Peace Commission and therefore the International Centre for Interfaith Peace and Harmony (ICIPH), hosted in Kaduna, Kaduna State, together with the JNI National Headquarters and therefore the Christian Council of Nigeria, which the chief Governor of Kaduna State personally commissioned sometimes in August, 2016.

Hence, the JNI is seriously perturbed by such re-occurrences particularly that, the JNI National Headquarters is hosted in Kaduna State. The ICIPH, which has its head office in Kaduna with the Sultan of Sokoto co-Chairing it, is ever able to partner with the Kaduna government find lasting solutions for the restoration of peace.

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