The Oasis Reporters
October 25, 2018
One noticeable feature for any keen eyed observer and interested person in Kaduna city affairs is the pride that the people take in reminding all and sundry that the State named after its capital city, is ‘The Centre of Learning’.
In establishing the first ever university in the old Northern region, it’s then Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello did not think of his sultanate in Sokoto, he established the new university in his name at Zaria city in the same state today, a mere seventy kilometers away.
In the light of recent events, it is doubtful how much learning actually goes on in the city and in the state. Bloodshed and much more, has become once again a tragic feature of the life of the people after the monumental break the engineering of its governor from 1999 to 2007, Ahmed Makarfi gave it by using his then Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mark Jacob to work out the modalities for peaceful coexistence.
And the formula endured. Peace reigned, but barely 20 years after, rather than peace to reign, they have a rain of bloodshed and no one is learning any lessons in the centre of Northern Nigeria.
To be famous politically in Kaduna State now, just plead for peace with all the platitudes in the Bible and in the Koran, and you are on to fame. Something Governor Ahmed Makarfi, Mark Jacobs, a host of other People’s Democratic Party, PDP leaders and traditional chieftains did practically and the peace endured for twenty years.
“The All Grassroots Alliance, AGA, gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmad Tijjani Umar has urged the Kaduna youth to embrace Peace, saying that only peace can guarantee development in the state as he expressed shock and great concern over the break down of law and order resulting to the imposition of a 24 hour curfew in Kaduna and its environs by the state government.
This was contained in a Press statement signed by him and distributed to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday morning”, said an online Media report.
Now the people know about the eminent politician because he sued for peace while “condemning the recent violence that erupted at Kasuwa Magani in Kajuru Local Government leading to the loss of lives and destruction of property of unimaginable magnitude, he said that steps must be taken by the state government to unearth the perpetrators of the illicit act to serve as a deterrent to others that have like minds.
“Peace must be seen to be maintained. Avenues must be explored by government, security personnel and stakeholders towards ensuring lasting peace in the state”, Tijjani emphasized.
He therefore appealed to religious and traditional leaders to up their responsibilities towards inculcating norms and values in the hearts of citizens for proper understanding, respect and harmonious relationship of one another that will ensure a better society.”
The State governor, Nasir Ahmed El Rufai has equally decried the carnage at Kasuwa Magani, and while tracing the depressing history of inter ethnic cum religious killings in Kasuwar Magani that first occurred in 1980, he angrily reminded his Kaduna people that the state is not only the multi ethnic, multi religious state in the world and wondered why they cannot live in peace.
Indeed, why peace has evaporated into thin air in the state is a reason for it’s political, religious and traditional leaders to do some soul searching to indicate that they are actually learning about peace.