Buffeted by searing criticism of his cold silence over the serial killings in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State, the presidency said monday that President Muhammadu Buhari had been mute because the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had been on top of the situation.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, spoke on a Channels Television’s programme: Sunrise Daily saying that it was needless for the president to speak on the bloodletting in the restive part of the North-western state since the governor assured that he was in full control of the violent crisis and had been briefing his boss regularly.

Some critics had said while Buhari was always quick to issue a statement when killings happened abroad, he had been quiet when such killings took place in Nigeria.
Adesina’s comment came on a day gun men mauled six persons in Goska Village, Jama’a Local Government Area of the state, in spite of the curfew the state government had imposed on the troubled area.
Defending the President, Adesina said Nigeria was a federal state, explaining that there was no need for Buhari to speak since El-Rufai said he was on top of the matter.
According to him, as the chief security officer of his state, it is the responsibility of the governor, who has pledged to bring perpetrators of the violence to book, to deal with the matter.
“You don’t have to hear from the president on that matter. When it pays us, we talk about federalism and true federalism; yet you want the president and presidency to talk about everything,” Adesina said.

He also said: “When a thing like this happens in a state, there is a chief security officer and he is supposed to be on top of the matter.

“Governor El-Rufai Rufai was at the villa on Thursday to brief the president, so why should the president then be talking about it?

“In true federalism it is the governor that should be in charge and he is in charge of it.”

Adesina said local authorities must play a crucial role in stopping the violence, adding that states and local governments have a major role to play in tackling herdsmen crisis.

He said the president was always in constant touch with governors whenever an attack occurred.
He also said that the position of the president was that there must be collaboration between the states and the grassroots leaders in local governments to stop such crises.

“The federal government has roles to play but not as much as the states and local governments,” he said.

Not less than six persons had been reported dead in Goska village, Jema’a Local Government Area in the early hours of Christmas.

The victims included a teenage secondary school student, Gimbia Morik, daughter of a former council chairman in Jema’a.

The killings, by suspected herdsmen, occurred despite Jema’a and two other local governments – Kaura and Zango Kataf – being under a 24-hour curfew.

The state government after a meeting of heads of various security agencies in the state, had on December 21 imposed the 24-hour curfew to prevent violence during the festive season.

Although there is no accurate figure of how many people had been killed from the ethno-religious violence in Southern Kaduna in 2016, dozens had been reported dead.

The killings in Southern Kaduna are suspected to be due to violence between the locals and migrating Fulani herdsmen.

Apart from Kaduna, similar violence between locals, mainly farmers, and migrating herdsmen had caused the death of hundreds of people in several other states including Benue and Taraba.

Source :Thisday


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