..Governor El-Rufai Blows Hot on Traditional Rulers
..traditional rulers will be held responsible if crisis erupts in their region – El-Rufai
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai sounded that several laws that guarantees punishment on communities who allows violence among themselves would be enacted.
The laws to be brought back by the state governor, was the 1958 law of Riots damage and peace preservation laws of 1917.
The Governor said “these laws imposes on communities that permit violence in their midsts, obliging community members to be charged and levied monies for the costs of repairing damage done during episodes of violence.
He warned that traditional rulers will be held responsible if crisis erupts in their region. He explained further saying “In the situation of unrest, it is common for traditional rulers to disclaim any control over unruly youths. It is an excuse we can no longer accept. Where significant sections of a community disdain the council or authority of their traditional rulers, it imperils the rationale for keeping the traditional institution and the occupants of the office.”.
Tracing back the start of ethno-religious crisis in Kaduna State, which started in Kasuwa Mangani in 1980. The state government further said “since then, it appears that a constituency has developed which believes that violence pays, and is convinced that violence has no consequences for the perpetrators.”
In his statement of peacemaking, he said more police stations, a powerful coalition for peace and support actions against those who perpetrate the crisis would be ensured.