Southern Kaduna crisis can engulf Nigeria, Ex-Head of State Abdulsalam Abubakar warns

Ex-Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar

As part of efforts to end the incessant attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State, former Head of State, Abubakar Abdulsalam; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar: and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah; were on Friday in Kaduna for a peace visit.

The leaders had a closed door meeting with Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Mr. Abdulsalami said the Kaduna violence “is something that can engulf the country.”el-rufai

“So we want to make sure that peace reigns in Nigeria, to make sure that people know that we are together.

“We have to live in peace with each other and we have what it is to give and take.
“We are reaching a situation in the country where human live doesn’t mean anything to people and this is wrong.”

The former Nigerian leader said he and the religious leaders would within the week meet with leaders in Southern Kaduna.

“We will also visit the scene in Southern Kaduna where these problems are and discuss with the people. After which we will now sit down and see what we think should be done,” he said.

Mr. Abdulsalam said after their findings, the peace campaign team will come back to the governor and also if necessary to the federal government to discuss a way out.

Matthew Kukah
Matthew Kukah

“Everybody is aggrieved in one way or the other. So what we beg on people is to be patient, try as much as to forgive and to be each other’s keeper.

“We must live together, we must find solution to the problems to sit down and talk to ourselves because there is no problem that cannot be solved when you are talking to each other,” he said.

On his part, Mr. Kukah said the visit is to show solidarity with the people of Kaduna State.

He advised the people of the state, including the government, to look into ways of achieving peace and development.

“What is going on now is a very sad phase in our history, but I believe that we can get over it and we will get over it and come out much more stronger and committed to peace,” he said.

FILE PHOTO: John Onaiyekan and Sultan Abubakar

Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan and other members of the National Peace Committee were also on the peace campaign visit.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said on Friday that 204 people have been killed in the months of violence between herdsmen and host communities in Southern Kaduna.


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  • new republic

    We are not one country,Abdusalam mind your language.

    • aboki

      We are one NORTHERN NIGERIA by history and in culture values , religion and food.
      It’s non of your business concentrate on your BIAFRA REPUBLIC agenda and live us alone please.

      • ochon

        Because u are benefiting from this parasitic union abi?

      • Pius

        Which one Northern nigeria? I am from plateau state, My culture, food and religion is 100% different from you unless you tell me you eat dog and pork meat, go to church or worship your ancestors. if so then one BIG northern nigeria

      • Pius

        just to add, we didnt vote for Buhari the chief Imam of Nigeria

  • Abubakar Bello


  • Watch man

    Nigerians have been living together for decades without unity. The problem of Nigeria is not and has never been the people but the wicked, covetous, selfish and greedy leaders. They have successfully used religion and ethnicity to manipulate the people to their own advantage. If the country must live as one, there is need to bring all these so-called leaders to justice, from independence to the present. Otherwise, the people cannot be forced into a marriage that is not working.

  • ibsoken

    But why is the president not talking about the violence? His silence shows that he is complicit.

  • Adekunle Akindude

    Why is the President silent on this major emergency? 204 lives as if the dead are rams or what?Many of our leaders need need compassionate training Na wa o

  • AryLoyds

    Buhari has still not gone to Kaduna ,When will he wake up from the other room ? This man is Clueless ! Case Closed

    • Lanre

      Why should he go? When his fellow Fulani Cattle herders are not ones killed. I keep thanking Tinubu and Obasanjo for enslaving Yorubas.

      • Powerlessconscious

        By voting wicked thieves out. Are you one of those thieves. Yoruba’s land is peaceful and progressive. Only a slave think like a slave. You are the product of your decisions.

        • okenwa

          Thieves and murderers which one better?

          • Powerlessconscious

            Sorry I made a mistake. By voting wicked thieves and MURDERERS out. Biafraud, hope you understand now.

  • Rommel

    Years of impunity is responsible for such things,it takes maximum punishment for those caught destroying lives and property to fix the problem,it is as simple as that.

  • 1914

    :”Our history is replete with numerous and uncontrollable instances of callous and insensitive dominatory repressive intrigues by those who think it is their birthright to dominate till eternity the political and economic privileges of this great country to the exclusion of the people of the Middle Belt and the south.” – Major Gideon Orkar, April 22, 1990 Coup speech

    • Haba mallam

      And the fucking major Gideon orkar is dead and rotten like garbage the coward couldn’t fire even his piston.

  • 1914

    “They have almost succeeded in subjugating the Middle Belt and making them voiceless and now extending same to the south…It is our unflinching belief that this quest for domination, oppression and marginalization is against the wish of God and therefore, must be resisted with the vehemence.”

    “Anything that has a beginning must have an end. It will also suffice here to state that all Nigerians without skeleton in their cupboards need not to be afraid of this change. However, those with skeleton in their cupboards have all reasons to fear, because the time of reckoning has come.” – Major Gideon Orkar, April 22, 1990

  • manweysabi

    The silence from the presidency is very absurd, not to say the least!
    They are always quicked to issue statement to consoled with other nations that lost far lesser victims.

  • marc umeh

    Preaching for peace is not the way out. There must be a mechanism in place to protect the population. If it takes self defence , so be it. The aggressors see all this as weakness.
    They will strike again . It is only a matter of time.

  • Arogbo

    The people of southern Kaduna and all the retired military officers from the middle should form a militia group to defend the people of southern Kaduna. I think it’s high time to start lynching these herdsmen. Until we start killing them, they will not take us seriously.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Is this not what the president should be handling? Where is the president and what has he done, other than the absurd statement by one of his misguided aides who said the president does not comment on everything! In fact this aide should be fired if I had the authority.

    What other people are currently doing to bring peace to that part of the country is what the president should and MUST be doing. Buhari, the nation’s president, is a very sad commentary on the narrative of Nigeria’s leadership. Anybody who considers Buhari again for president, let alone voting him for another term, would be considered an enemy of Nigeria. Buhari is NOT the president Nigeria needs. Sometimes I wonder whether Buhari’s reluctance to act in most matters is a revenge against the whole of Nigeria for not voting him president in the three previous times he had run. That would be a most ridiculous form of action but I would not be surprised if this was the case!

    Let 2019 come quickly for this man to get out of Aso Rock.

    • Powerlessconscious

      I really pityvfor your thinking. You want to see president everywhere? If you don’t see him, he is not concern? Don’t worry. You will wait forever.

      • okenwa

        But your president has been to gambia several times to broker peace in that country but his kinsmen are killing nigeriams without him doing anything.

        • Powerlessconscious

          I dont have anything to explain to you, PDP education. But I pity for your thinking sha.

  • Arogbo

    I have instructed the Baales and Oko Ilu in my domain to arm our youths to defend our people from the atrocity of these mindless bunch of animals.

    • Otile

      Tell that to Mumuwole, K Soyemi, Mofu Ola, Senseless Julius or Awogbeoloshi, they will gang up to stab you. These people are perpetual slaves of the Fulani.

      • Arogbo

        Nwakebu because these men do not agree with you on the way forward to actualize biafra doesn’t mean that they’re your enemies or back stabbers as you claimed. This is a national forum but it has now degenerated to a hate platform where anyone who holds an opposing views is regarded as a traitor. Nna, mba it shouldn’t be so, biko.

  • Basil Ogbanufe

    ““We must live together, we must find solution to the problems to sit down and talk to ourselves because there is no problem that cannot be solved when you are talking to each other,” he said.”

    Living together is not a must. Stay on your own and me on my own, and there will be peace.

  • Domingos

    Has the Old long necked Bingo Dumbie thought it wise to visit Southern Kaduna people despite the incessant murders and invasion by Herdsmen Terrorists? But this same crook led a band of fellow herdsmen called Miyetii Allah to one of the states in Western Nigeria some years ago to protest the killing and disappearances of Fulani Cattle as reported by herdsmen. As evil as he is he cannot visit to inquire about or assess the magnitude of killing of humans but he would do that for Cattle. It shows the nature of the Monster we are dealing with. It has no other name, it is simply mumudity taken too far.

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  • thusspokez

    Mr. Abdulsalam said after their findings, the peace campaign team will come back to the governor and also if necessary to the federal government to discuss a way out.

    Not “if necessary to the federal government” but for the federal government to take the lead.

    The law enforcement agencies are under the federal government — not state government. This number of deaths in any country would force the federal government of that country to intervene immediately, except in Nigeria where, as usual, the federal government tries to avoid its responsibilities, and instead depend on a state governor who does not even have the powers and resources to end the crisis.

  • thusspokez

    …former Head of State, Abubakar Abdulsalam; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar: and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah

    These people inflate their importance and usefulness to society, and are always courting news headlines. Obviously, the murderers are not listening to them nor is the federal government — which is the only one with the necessary powers and resources to bring this national crisis brewing in Kaduna state to an end.

  • Lanre

    They have been having these their useless meetings forever. All hopeless compromised individuals. The crisis in the North cannot engulf Yorubaland. All of you should go away and go to blazes. Yorubaland will be free.

  • Otile

    The longer Imam Buhari stays in power the more pronounced Nigerian disunity shows. Buhari is a terrible ruler.

  • Olusola

    They should talk to El-Rufai, he is the jihadist!

  • igboham

    Just part of the Nigeria abubakar and company are creating.