Kaduna Escalating Insecurity: “Terrorism wouldn’t have been a threat if FG sustained measures I took in 2015” – El-Rufa’i

Listing measures that his administration had been taking in tackling insecurity in Kaduna state since he assumed office in 2015, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i said if such measures were sustained by security agencies terrorism wouldn’t have been a threat to the State

He noted that one of such measures was the decision to collaborate with the governors of the other states in the North-West and Niger State to fund a joint military operation to clear forests in the Birnin-Gwari axis of cattle-rustlers who were hibernating in the ranges that cover Niger, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States.

El-Rufa’i stated this when the Emir of Zazzau, His Highness, Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, paid him the traditional Hawan Bariki courtesy visit in Zaria, yesterday.

He, however, appealed to the people of the State to farm massively wherever they can, because, according to him, that is the concrete way to reduce hunger and the prices of foodstuff.

The governor said that his administration is aware that in some places farmers have been attacked, abducted, or even killed while working their fields, but however assured that the activities of bandits are being tackled.

According to him, “My first official action as governor on 29 May 2015 was to summon an emergency meeting of the State Security Council which held on 30 May 2015, with the specific purpose of identifying the security threats across the State and finding answers to address them.

“One of the outcomes of that meeting was the decision to collaborate with the governors of the other states in the North-West and Niger State to fund a joint military operation to clear the Kamuku-Kuyambana forest swathes in the Birnin Gwari axis of cattle rustlers hibernating in the ranges that cover Niger, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States”.

El Rufai however lamented ‘’while this action decimated the criminals, it is a matter for regret that the necessary follow-up operations were not sustained by the security agencies.’’
He reiterated that Kaduna state remains ‘’convinced that comprehensive, simultaneous military and security operation in Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Plateau and Niger states is vital to stopping the terrorists and reasserting the authority of the Nigerian state in the ungoverned spaces.

“We created a specialised Ministry of Internal Security, and we continue to support the federal security agencies with logistics and other resources. We are engaging the highest echelons of government and the security structure on resolute action to protect the lives, liberty and livelihoods of our people”, he said.

The governor pointed out that criminal elements are being assisted by a network of informants in many communities, adding that the traditional institutions should mobilise their networks to expose them and support the security forces with local intelligence.

El-Rufa’i also called on citizens to participate in the process of selecting candidates for the 2023 general election, “and to make it a peaceful exercise in the freedom of choice”.

According to him, “It is important to the integrity of the process, and to the safety of citizens that everyone should conduct themselves with respect for law and order. We appeal for responsible behaviour and decent utterances all through the push and pull of political competition”.

El Rufa’i thanked God for witnessing the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, but noted that ‘citizens in some of our communities fasted and worshiped amidst lingering fears and anxiety about their security’.

“The Kaduna State government will continue to do everything it can to mobilise and support the federal security agencies to defeat the terrorists and criminals that menace our people”, he added.

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