Nigeria Interior Minister speaks on Southern Kaduna killings

Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau
Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau

‎The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has called on‎ opinion and religious leaders to refrain from giving religious meaning to the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Southern Kaduna. ‎

Mr. Dambazau gave the advice in a statement by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, in Abuja on Tuesday.

‎The minister called on Nigerians to refrain from‎ making comments capable of heightening the crises, but join hands with government to end the perennial problem.

Mr. Dambazau said some people were always looking for ways to further create division along religious or ethnic fault lines for their selfish interest, with the aim of creating instability in the country.

He said that true religious leaders should not‎ fan the embers of hate, but ensure that communities live in peace and harmony.

“Economic growth and development will remain a mirage for Nigeria, with over 500 ethnic groups and multiple religions, unless we resolve to live amicably as a people with common destiny,” he said.‎

He said that‎ ‎criminals who perpetrate violence against innocent, law-abiding citizens did not discriminate along religious and ethnic lines, citing examples of how communities in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, Lagos and Niger were attacked by violent criminals.

“A criminal should be treated as such, whether he is involved in armed robbery, drug trafficking, homicide or cattle rustling.

“People should avoid honouring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment,” he said.

He advised opinion and religious leaders to focus on the real enemies of our society, who illegally acquire weapons to terrorise Christians and Muslims communities alike.

Mr. Dambazau said he had directed the Nigerian ‎Police to ensure the sustenance of law and order, and to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in criminal activities in the area and across the country.

He ‎urged citizens to cooperate with the police by providing information in its quest to restore normalcy to the troubled communities.

He assured Nigerians of government’s commitment to tackling the root causes of similar crisis in all parts of the country, while paying special attention to measures aimed at eradicating poverty, climate change, population explosion and youth restiveness. (NAN)


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  • Decimator

    “People should avoid honouring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment,” he said.

    Exactly that is what Nasir El-Rufai, Mohammadu Buhari, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, Tukur Buratai and their folks of the Larger Fulani Nation in charge of the security apparatus of the present day Nigerian Enclave are doing today by,

    Paying the criminals of their Fulani ethnic extraction who they admitted to know very well,

    Ignoring and condoning them and their criminal activities,

    Denying or even seeking excuses to defend their criminal activities,

    Or at best tallying the number of casualties of their criminal activities to the lowest number possible as if a
    lower number of casualties reduces the heinousness of their crime.

    While at the same time refusing till date to disarm, arrest and prosecute any one of them over the past years of explosion of their criminal activity.

    You cannot have it both ways please.

    • khay

      I think in the real sense this is a real wake-up call for all Nigerians here at home and in the diaspora. Since buhari set his foot on that throne as president of this nation, it been one bad story or the other,significantly, the Fulani tribe make the headline every two to three months with the story of shedding innocent blood but yet the culprits go scot free without any action taken against them. And when it’s Biafra agitators protesting, the military will move down immediately and start arresting and killing innocent people without just cause.more also ,the Niger Delta indigenes who form different groups just to fight for their right that has been trampled upon and overlooked by the present government are being tagged as criminals ,and different military strategies is always renewed in that same region against a people whose voice is not heard neither do govt give attention to their plight ,and the only way to express their displeasure is to trouble or stop govt operations in that region.what I see and must call this is wickedness and bias judgement against humanity, and PMB cannot live up to d billing according to his inaugural speech “he is for everybody,………” let him resign.

      • Gary

        Resign ke, when there’s already talk of second term for the old man and his sectional regime. Forget any talk of replacing the supremacist enforcers of security – Buratai, Dambazzau, idris and Lawal Daura. They are doing exactly what they were appointed to do for Buhari and his agenda for Nigeria.

  • alabi adeeyo

    Nigeria is a country of religious bigots

  • Höly Wähala

    With violent flare-ups in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, Lagos and Niger… added to restive agitations for ethnic identifications by IPOB/MASSOPB, MEND, Avengers, and the still simmering Boko Haram war against terrorism all in one Nigeria… Interior Minister, Abdurahman Dambazzau, is one big failed minister President Buhari should get rid of for demonstrating abject incompetence in the handling of his portfolio. Capturing an uninhabited forest and losing hundreds of Nigerian lives and cities to insecurity is certainly no way to provide enabling environment that will attract the return of investors to Nigeria… Buhari urgently needs a Cabinet re-shuffle to weed out clowns like Dambazzau and Kalamity Kemi. The annoying thing is the Kaduna, Abuja and Kano beheadings have gone unpunished while Dambazzau seeks to blame religious leaders for calling him out for incompetence. What arrogance… mtchwww!

  • marc umeh

    How do people like this get to such position.?
    All they do is ask people to act blind and not comment on facts on the ground.
    Please Sir , explain to the world why a problem like this should not merit a sense of urgency. Why did they not establish an army barrack there immediately to desuade and defend. Instead they are running operation pyton dance in a state where there no insurgency. This problem is not new.
    All they do is trying to keep people silent. I don’t understand the process of decision-making in this country.

  • Emmanuel

    If you read clearfully what the minister of interior was claimed to have said, you will discover that he has succeeded in insulting the country. He has not said anything reasonable about the killings of Christians in southern kaduna. Many of us Nigerians are aware that many of the present political office holders are there to fulfill a religious agenda. Enough of insults by dambazau. God will not keep quiet for ever.

  • Man_Enough

    Nobody is colouring the incident. The killings were planned by a specific tribe and specific religion against a specific tribe and a specific religious group. It is nothing but a tribal war. Until we see the perpetrators being brought to justice before we can ascertain the sincerity of government in this matter.

  • GbemigaO

    Is this one a Minister ? Forgotten that he existed. Total failure . He should be ashamed to know hw many people have died since he assumed duty.

    • A Aminu

      We should always look at the message, and not the messenger. The idea of this forum of discussion is to create awareness, discuss and enlighten one another things of benefit. Let’s do just that. Discussants including others I did not include in my reply should not jump to conclusion but agree with the minister that we must live in harmony with one another devoid of religious and ethnic haterate. It is a relief, despite the killings in southern kaduna, kaduna, Zaria, burning gwari, saminaka, ikara, makarfi and other neibouring towns did not explode. We should thank God for this. In 1992, we were not so lucky. Reprisal killings were reported in many kaduna north. If a religious war should break, the inhabitants of kaduna south would be worst off, and non Muslims in the area may will the battle, and not the war. Before sense settled in their heads, life of thousands of people if not millions would be lost.
      So please let’s look at the wide picture at all times, let’s look at the message, and not just the messenger.

      • GbemigaO

        @A.Aminu. Thank you so much. Others would have abused the hell out of others. However, my point is that when you look over 1.5 years back and you can imagine the number of people that have been killed in this country (muslims, xtian, northerners, southerners) , you start imagining what this fellow that calls himself Minister of Internal Affairs is doing. Is he there to pacify anytime people have been killed or deter and put in place a sustainable way of ensuring it does not happen again. Please note that it is not that the other Ministers before him were better but we, the people of this country deserves better people to lead us, if there are any because I don’t really see anyone in the horizon. Do we r ally value human lives in this country? No please . Else you would have seen quick response from the authorities. In Nigeria, sadly, we wait until it becomes a norm. Kidnapping, ethnic killings, herdsmen killings , armed robberies, religious killings, ritual killings are now norms in Nigeria that we don’t give a damn anymore and it does not move us . Sad!

        • A Aminu

          You have intelligently diagnosed the Nigerian problem, with concern, more than how the minister has answered the Nigerian problem. What you stared, will take a national conference two weeks to discuss and come up with a solution. The internal affairs minister sadly is a retired general, a former chief of army staff, a very highly educated former lecturer both at the NDA and at the prestigious Oxford university in the UK. You will begin to ask yourself, certainly something is wrong somewhere. The problem, if I may add, lies with our president, who sits on memos, reports, and suggestions from technocrats, thus frustrating intelligent members of his cabinet. If you study the government of Buhari, you will frustration from the VP down the line, and virtually nobody is happy.
          That brings us yo the intelligent observations you put across that 1.5 years along the line, people are killed and the government is silent. Reports are made, but the president just sat on these reports. Ministers who present these reports for fear of been seen as wanting to corruptly enrich themselves just fold their arms waiting for the president to make the first move. If you closely notice, apart from the Chief of Arm Staff, and few service chiefs, and the Attorney General, no minister is active or happy in the Buhari government.
          You are quite right, human life has no value in Nigeria, Buhari values Naira recovery than human life.
          Our major problem that you rightly pointed out remains putting right people on right positions of leadership, and where right people are put, trust and confidence in them must be extended. In the case of the subject minister, Rtd General Danbazau, he is a very capable, competent officer, but let me be honest with you, he is very frustrated on that seat, full of fears because skeletons were discovered in his cupboard, and he does not want to be disgraced out of office. Hence his laying low. Remember the case of two former COAS ( Minima and Ehijeriaka) under EFCC investigation, and they refuse to make statement until Gen. Danbazau is brought to book. He handed to Gen Kenith Minima, as COAS. This is what is hunting him.
          To be brief, what you stared, as I have said will take a national conference two weeks deliberation to solve. I respect your view and I concur.