Former Commissioner, Ministry of Science and Technology, Kaduna State, Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello, has observed that all sectional, religious and cultural leaders should engage other concerned platforms in a dire-drive to finding a lasting solution to the crises bedeviling Southern Kaduna.
In a statement made in Kaduna, recently, Dr. Bello also called on the good people of the state to imbibe the spirit of togetherness as a guiding principle towards resolving the crises in the state.
“It is time for all sectional, religious, and cultural leaders to engage other critical stakeholders in sincere consultations on finding a lasting solution to the unfortunate crises and restore peace and harmony.
“I therefore, call on the good people of Kaduna State not to allow what could be resolved to generate into something else.
“The spirit of our togetherness should be our guiding principle towards resolving our differences. Above all, as Christians and Muslims, we should treat this issue as people being guided by the Almighty,” he stressed.
“As an indigene of Kaduna State, who shares in the vision of brotherly relationship as the only panacea for a united, peaceful and developed state, I join the concerns of other Nigerians over the lingering ethnic conflict in the Southern part of the state,” he said.
He expressed sadness that at a time when all hands should be on deck for the state to evolve in all meaningful and sustainable developmental strategies, “we are in violent conflict over issues that could ordinarily be discussed and resolved amicably.
“It is rather unfortunate that innocent lives are lost and valuable properties wasted, with an attendant breakup of brotherly relationship in a manner that is not in our character and out of tune with the vision of our founding fathers.
“It is a fact that we have lived with each other for centuries and, therefore, ought to have learned to accommodate, respect and tolerate our divergent views and ideas to foster greater mutual trust, while rejecting all divisive tendencies,” he lamented.
The former commissioner, therefore, called on people of goodwill in the state to rise to the occasion and ensure peaceful resolution of the crises in Southern Kaduna and a peaceful Kaduna State that is home to all Nigerians.