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19 Northern States’ Christian leaders visit El-Rufai over S/Kaduna killings

…Appeal for urgent support to IDPs.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Executive secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, and Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, of the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam, has strongly appealed against apportioning blames and sentiments.

Rev. Pam made the remarks in a speech during what he described as “condolence visit” to Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the recent killings of innocent people in southern Kaduna.

CAN leader said he was “deeply touched” with the recent turn of events in southern part of Kaduna State, where “innocent lives were being perished” due to crises that rocked the area.

While he commended critical stakeholders in Kaduna State and Governor El-Rufai for steps so far taken to protect and secure lives of innocent persons in rural communities, the CAN leader pleaded with the governor to push for further intervention towards resolving the protracted violence rocking southern Kaduna, in order to secure the innocent lives being lost.

In an interview with newsmen on Friday, Rev. Pam said he also met with State CAN leaders and encouraged them to speak out frankly, but with advisory, on the way forward.

He said, on his part he’ll do everything possible within his reach to critically engage eminent religious bodies such as CAN, Jamaatu Nasir Islam, JNI, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, community and indigenous people of southern Kaduna to open dialogue towards resolving the crises.

He pleaded that people should stop apportioning blames and work together collectively without sentiments, to save and secure innocent lives of Nigerians, particularly the people of southern Kaduna.

Pam, however, advised government to deploy more troops to the crises-ridden areas to curtail the incident of incessant killings of innocent lives.

While he called on the affected communities to remain calm, Pam appealed to Kaduna State, federal government and other humanitarian organizations to urgently assist people displaced as a result of the crises.

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