The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has warned the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai over his comments on Kajuru killings.
According to SMBLF, the governor’s “unguarded comments” over the killings were capable of ‘stoking ethnic crisis’ in Kaduna.
The forum issued this warning in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.
The statement reads: “The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has watched with keen interest recent attempt by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, to foment ethnic crisis in his state on the eve of the botched February 16 presidential elections.
“The governor had claimed the reprisal killing of 66 Fulani people in Kajuru LGA of the state with fanfare but has yet to show evidence of deaths as we write this.
“The glee with which the governor went on air on Friday, February 15, 2019 alleging the killings was shocking for the chief executive of a state.
“The governor claimed that the incident happened on the eve of the election. But the truth by the community concerned is that the
incident took place between Sunday, February 10, to Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Ungwar Barde in Kufana district, where 11 innocent Adara people were killed by suspected herdsmen without any provocation.”