By Ignatius Okorocha
Angered by the killings of seven persons in Kaduna on Monday, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu yesterday appealed to religious and political leaders to caution their followers against hate speeches that are capable of causing violence in the country.
Recall that the crisis on Monday occurred between Kadara and Hausa youths at Kasuwan Magani town in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Ekweremadu who presided over yesterday’s plenary made the call sequel to a point of order 43 (under matter of urgent national importance), raised by Senator Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) on the bloody violence in parts of his senatorial district.
The deputy senate president, while commiserating with the Kaduna State government and families of victims of the mayhem expressed concern over the alleged religious colouration of the violence.
He specifically appealed to religious leaders to always preach love, peace and unity in the country among their followers, rather than instigating and escalating crisis that may be as a result of inflammatory utterances.
“It is the duty of our leaders, both religious and political ones to preach to our people that we are one with one destiny and one God that we all serve.
“I am not aware of any religion that preaches killings. There is no religion like that. We should try as much as possible not to encourage religious violence in the country”, he urged.
Earlier in his submission, Senator Sani had expressed worries over the escalating crises in the country, especially in Kaduna State where five to six people were killed and several houses burnt during the latest violence.
According to him, the Monday violence was attributed to some youths who took laws into their hands as a result of religious issues.
“Unfortunately, violence is fast becoming a way of life in Nigeria as we wake up every day to hear about killings, kidnappings and others. There is need to put an end to all these. We need to ensure peace and unity in the country.
“I would like to appreciate the security operatives who rose to the occasion by putting the violence under control,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has directed the prosecution of all persons responsible for the mayhem, insisting that the security agencies must investigate the incident, arrest and make the perpetrators available for prosecution.
The governor, according to a statement by his spokesman, Mr Samuel Aruwan, gave the directives after receiving preliminary report of the mayhem.
He noted that the government condemned the violence, and regretted the wanton loss of lives.
Governor el-Rufia, the spokesman noted has expressed his sympathy to the victims and their families.
He said the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take inventory of damages and provide relief materials to the affected families with immediate effect.