8 February 2013

Nigeria: Governor Al-Makura Calls for an End to All Hostilities, Blood Shed

Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has warned those fanning the embers of crises to stop the bloodshed in the state.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja by his senior special assistant on media, Mr Sani Mairiga.

The governor was reacting to renewed crisis and secret killings in some parts of the state.

Al-makura said that his government would not fold its arms and watch disgruntled people hold the state to ransom.

The statement said the governor would deal decisively with those trying to cause chaos and instability in Nasarawa State.

"If we bring to justice those, who engaged in this evil, it would serve as deterrent to others who are nursing such ill feelings against the state and its people.

"It was unfortunate that some people are still perpetrating evil against their fellow human beings at a time when the state is counting the gains of democracy," the statement said.

According to the statement, the governor has vowed to prosecute all those arrested in connection with the crisis not minding whose ox is gored.

The governor, however, appealed to the warring communities to bury the hatchet and continue to live in peace with one another for the betterment of the state.

"No meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of rancor," the statement noted.

NAN recalls that the state had experienced ethnic crisis in which the residence of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Elisha Agwadu, and the palace of the traditional ruler of Agyaragu were razed.


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