The General Martin Luther Agwai-led Peace and Reconciliation committee on the killings in Kaduna State yesterday submitted its report to the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, revealing that attacks were traceable to the 2011 post=election violence in the state.
Agwai, a former Chief of Defence Staff, also revealed that religious intolerance, indigene/settler dichotomy, unemployment and drug abuse also played major parts in the crisis and violence witnessed in the state.
He, however, said there had been crisis in the state since the 1970s but the 2011 crisis was the most severe, as it claimed many lives and destroyed properties.
He said government must work towards bringing back understanding among the different tribes and persons living in the state, as that is the only way to engender peace.
He reiterated that the committee had observed that the people irrespective of tribes and religion still want to live together in peace, urging government to create the enabling environment for that.
His words: “The people are willing to cooperate with government to return peace to the state. We also observed that the government needs the media to inform the public about its activities because lack of effective communication has connection with the crisis,” he said.
He also blamed politicians and other unpatriotic individuals for exploiting the unemployed youths to cause crisis in the state.
As part of their recommendations, he called on the governor to set up a peace and reconciliation project to restore peace and understanding in the state.
“It’s only through reconciliation that we will have peace and a window must be opened to achieve that. We also recommend that there must be good governance and justice if we want people to stop taking laws into their hands,” he said.
Responding, Governor El-Rufai promised to implement the recommendations captured in the reports and that of 2012 peace and reconciliation submitted to previous government in the state.
He urged the people to respect one another, saying every Nigerian living in the state had equal rights, adding that “we will make sure our state assembly passed the bill to set up Peace and Reconciliation Commission in the state.”

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