The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that he is neither a religious bigot nor ethnic champion.
El-Rufai stated this on Tuesday in reaction to the allegations by his critics that he is taking sides in the widely-condemned killing in SouthIern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen.
He spoke in Kaduna when the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Southern Kaduna Crisis and other parts of the country visited him in his office.
The embattled governor remarked that “those accusing him of sponsoring the crises are mischief makers.”
Briefing the Senate committee led by the former governor of Kano State, Sen Kabir Gaya, Governor El-Rufai said that on assumption, his government inherited three main problems – cattle rustling, urban gangsters called “Shara Suka” and communal killings.
Worried by the orgy of disturbances, the governor said he passionately appealed for more funding for the security agencies in the yet to be passed 2017 budget, to enable them appropriately tackle internal security challenges.
Insisting that he is not a religious fanatic or ethnic champion, El-Rufai, who berated his critics for their feelings, said: “No governor wants crisis in his state. I am the governor of Kaduna State, if you break the law you will be punished. The entire Kaduna city has been divided and there is need to regain the confidence and mix together.
“Let people know that there are always consequences for insecurity, and this crisis would have consequences, economic, political, development and even social.
“When we came in we met three main problems on ground; cattle rustling, urban gang and communal killings.
“As the chief security officer of the state, we really do not have control over the security agencies; we have committed so much in funding security agencies in the state. We have bought even bullet proof vest, vans for security agencies. We have committed N4 billion in support of security agencies in the state.
“The state government will continue to support the security agencies in the state even though it is the responsibility of the federal government,” he said.