Governor of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai has called for calm among residents of the state.
The governor made the statement when he visited Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna where some persons were killed in a violent attack.
In a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai said people should not take violence into their hands.
The statement said, “In the name of God, I am begging you. No one should take the law into his or her hand over what happened in Kafanchan. Although it is unfortunate, but we must rise above induced prejudice and hatred. We must defeat hate with patience, love and dedication to duty and not eye for an eye.
“It is also a burden of leadership and we will, by the special grace of God, overcome these forces of darkness who are dividing our citizens using religion, ethnicity and politics. I commend the high sense of professionalism exhibited by security personnel.
“I listened to three of the women who led the protesters as they asked me questions. I answered them and even invited them to a larger meeting, but they went on rampage and burnt the residence of the local government chairman.
“The government of Kaduna State and the Security Council sympathise with the chairman of Jema’a local government, Dr. Bege Katuka and his family over the unfortunate incident that led to the burning of their home. Our prayers and support go with them.”
Governor El-Rufai will also give a live broadcast on the security situation in the state on Wednesday night, from 8pm to 10 pm.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.