Kaduna governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, said the intractable mayhem in Southern part of the State is a function of leaders from the area allegedly reaping financial gain from the crisis.
el-Rufai stated this in an interview he granted Channels Television monitored by our correspondent.
The governor alleged that Southern Kaduna leaders lived off engineering troubles and getting money from successive government until recently when he assumed office.
“Most of them who have no means of livelihood were living off the governments. The governments before us were paying them money every month; they called it peace money. We stopped it. This is why they say I am taking sides.
“Whatever they say, I take it. I am the governor of the state. If they don’t abuse me, who will they abuse? Anyone that is moderate or promoting peaceful co-existence between various ethnic groups is considered a sell-out.
“For a governor like me who does not appease them because they are used to being appeased, they cause trouble, they organize these killings and then, their leaders are invited by the governor, they wine and dine and they are given brown envelopes. That’s what they have been doing for 20 years.
“We came into office and said no more, nobody who does not encourage peaceful co-existence will have access to the governor or Government House. I have no time for them. “I have no time for nonsense. I will not appease criminals. I will not appease idle people who have nothing to do but to raise a spectre of genocide. They do that to get money into their bank accounts and get donations from abroad instead of standing up,” he said.