Kaduna Sate governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressive Congress, APC, yesterday condemned the violence that erupted this week in Saminaka, headquarters of Lere Local Government Area of the state.
El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, added that the governor-elect also visited president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari in his Katsina home.
According to the statement, “Some miscreants were said to have incited the violence, which led to the imposition of a 24-hour curfew and the deployment of police and soldiers to the local government.
“Several lives are reported to have been lost in the outbreak of violence, while several others sustained varying degrees of injury.
“The attention of Kaduna state governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to the unfortunate outbreak of violence in Saminaka, headquarters of Lere local government area of the state.
“El-Rufai strongly condemns the resort to violence and appeals to the residents of Saminaka to unite for peace. He appeals for calm, and calls on the security agencies to stop the violence and speedily restore stability.
“People must learn to respect each other and to always use lawful means to resolve differences. There is nothing to gain in instigating violence and division.
“We must work hard together to shame those working to shatter our humanity with hate and violence.
“The governor-elect also condoled with the families that lost their loved ones in the fracas, praying,
“In the name of Almighty God, I am condoling with all families that lost their loved ones; I am also wishing those that sustained injuries speedy recovery.
“In another development, President-elect, General Buhari yesterday in Daura, Katsina State received Malam El-Rufai and his deputy governor-elect, Arc. Barnabas Bala Bantex for the first time after El-Rufai emerged victorious in last Saturday’s governorship election,” the statement read.

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