By Israel BULUS
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has reaffirmed the firm support of Kaduna State Government for the ongoing community-level peace processes in Zangon-Kataf and Jema’a local government areas.
The governor who made this known when he hosted the Agwatyap, His Highness Dominic Gambo Yahaya, encouraged traditional rulers and community leaders involved in promoting peace, not to be discouraged by the disruptions of those who prefer the perpetuation of conflicts.
A statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye on Wednesday, said that Governor El-Rufai gave the encouragement while hosting the Agwatyap, who was in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House to brief him on the recent challenges confronting the peace process in Zangon-Kataf.
‘’ At the meeting which was attended by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, the Agwatyap disclosed that leaders across the communities in the area are working together to stop the renewed instances of violent attacks on some villages,’’ Adekeye said.
According to the Agwatyap, he and members of his traditional council are working to clarify and resolve the circumstances of the disappearance of three community leaders.
The statement recalled that Ardo Pate Usman Kurmi (Wakilin Fulani Atyap), Ardo Muhammadu Anchau and Yakubu Muhammadu have been missing since joining a team of community leaders to resolve a dispute involving a farmer whose crops were destroyed by cattle.
The governor commended the Agwatyap ‘’for his courage in the push for peace across the communities in his chiefdom and assured him that the state government and the security agencies will continue to support the quest for peace and security,’’ he added.
The Special Adviser said that the governor expressed dismay ‘’ by the resurgence of attacks that have resulted in the loss of lives and property, but told the Agwatyap that troops of Operation Safe Haven and other security agencies are working to contain the recent upsurge. ‘’
El Rufai appealed to community leaders to remain steadfast in maintaining the constituency for peace and expose those who prefer the continuation of the tragic cycle of attacks and reprisals.