El-Rufai Denies Paying Fulani Herdsmen Who Massacred Many People in Southern Kaduna

El-Rufai

Following the widespread report that Kaduna State Governor Nasir
El-Rufai paid Fulani Herdsmen to stop the killing of Southern Kaduna
people, the governor has clarified the air.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on
Wednesday denied paying herdsmen over the killings in southern Kaduna as was reported in the media.
This was revealed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan while speaking at a news conference
yesterday. He said el-Rufai never paid herdsmen money to either appease
them or armed them as widely reported in the media.
According to him, the idea came from late Governor Patrick Yakowa’s
initiative, which involved persuading aggrieved Fulani to forgive the
losses they suffered in the 2011 postelection violence and that they
responded by asking for compensation for the lost cattle. 
Aruwan, who lamented the distortion of what the governor said in an interview with some journalists last week, said that ‘government is combining security action with dialogue and peace-building efforts in southern Kaduna.’
According to the governor’s spokesman, “el-Rufai has continued
what was admirable in the peace efforts of late Governor Patrick Yakowa,
and would do whatever is legitimate to secure lasting peace in the
area.”
Aruwan added that the late Yakowa tried to foster reconciliation
with the affected Fulani communities to stem the spiral of vengeance and
reprisals.
“Yakowa’s efforts were not sustained after his death and
violence persisted. When it became our responsibility to provide
security for the state, we re-established these contacts so that those
who felt they lost out in the 2011 election violence could be appeased,”
he explained.
He said: “The quest for peace and the imperative of stemming
human suffering requires leaders to explore conventional and unusual
means to build peace.”
It is believed the money was paid as compensation for the loss the
men suffered in 2011 and not for the killing of the innocent people in
Southern Kaduna.
Source: Tori
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