How El-Rufai is sowing seeds of discord in Kaduna – SOKAPU youths

Youth wing of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has alerted the
federal government, international community and other stakeholders to
call Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai to order and to stop him from
sowing seeds of discord among the people by the conversion of some
chiefdoms to Emirate councils in Southern Kaduna.

Nasiru Jagaba, leader, SOKAPU Youth Wing, while addressing newsmen in
Kaduna Thursday said, "We are calling on all well-meaning individuals,
corporate groups, other state governments, the Federal Government and
the international community to call el-Rufai to order. He should not
be allowed to sow seeds of conflicts that will outlive his unfortunate

"It could be recalled that last month, on his Twitter handle, El-Rufai
twitted a lie that the Chiefs of Kauru, Kagarko, Kajuru and Lere all
in Southern Kaduna had requested for a change of their royal titles
(nomenclature) to 'Emirs' in which he promptly granted.

"His revelation created anger and tension not only in the affected
areas, but the entire Southern Kaduna. Somehow, people showed restrain
in the typical peaceful and tolerant nature of our people.

"El-Rufai's who has since crumbled politically, socially and has
economically destroyed Kaduna state, is now gambling with religion to
appease to Muslims, most who have long concluded on him as a total

"The governor, who has not initiated and completed one single viable
project in the past three years, is trying to sow conflict between
Muslims and Christians as a means of distracting attention from his
humongous failures.

"El-Rufai does not only nurse a pathological hatred for Southern
Kaduna, his present action shows that he cares even little if Kaduna
state burns, as long as he hoists his hate policies over us."

The youths noted that by implication, every Christian and all
non-Muslims in the affected new Emirates will come under the customs
and tradition of Islamic rule.

"It has now become impossible for anyone among the majority of the
population of the new emirates to aspire to the stool, unless they
convert to Islam.

"The governor is desperately doing everything within and outside his
powers to denigrate our history, culture and tradition by imposing
Islamic enclaves in these areas. This is to create a deceptive
narration that Muslims are indeed the owners of these lands.

"By this development, the governor is assisting the new Emirs to go
into land grabbing and motivate unplanned immigration of Muslims to
settle on the lands to strengthened the new emirates," the youth

They explained, "Anytime the governor is not downgrading the
population of Southern Kaduna from 51 per cent of the population of
the state (according to the 2006 Census) to 30 per cent, he is bent on
seeing that the highest mass of sacked workers under his grim regime
are from Southern Kaduna.

"Governor Nasir el-Rufai has not only tried to destroy tertiary
education in Southern Kaduna by shutting down every the tertiary
institutions there for nearly a year for not just cause, he also
imposed a punishing 24-hour curfew for weeks over some parts of
Southern Kaduna with the purpose of destroying us economically, all in
2016. Yet, under that period, the affected areas had come under the
siege of his Fulani kinsmen.

"His diabolical hate for Southern Kaduna is not only reflected in the
complete absence of any serious project in the area, but demonstrated
in his latest dangerous elevation of four chiefs to Emirs, thus
creating of new Emirates over these chiefdoms in Southern Kaduna whose
communities are essentially non-Muslims.

"Instead of heeding to wise counsel to withdraw the idea, a letter
dated 30 May, 2018 signed by Adamu M. Mansur, Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Local Government Affairs confirmed that the Chief of
Kauru, Kauru LGA had indeed been upgraded from a Chief to a Muslim
religious ruler and had become Emir. This was without any sort of
consultation with our people.

"To spite us further, the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs,
Prof. Kabiru Mato, issued a statement affirming the belligerent
position of the governor by insisting that the Chiefs of Kagarko,
Kajuru, Kauru and Lere chiefdoms requested for a change of
nomenclature and was approved. In other words, these Chiefdoms have
automatically become Emirates.

"Yet, Apart from the unending curse of armed herdsmen plundering and
killing our people in Southern Kaduna; the unprecedented neglect of
the place under the present government, the issue of change of status
of the four chiefdoms have never been a source of concern at any time
to our people.

"Anyone who has the most rudimentary information of Southern Kaduna
will first and foremost affirmed that the four LGAs so affected are
overwhelming Christians with sprinkling of Muslims settlements in some
semi-urban areas. Even at that, these settlements such as Kauru,
Kagarko, Kajuru and Lere stand like tiny islands in a sea of Christian
communities. In the hundreds of years of Islamic history in Northern
Nigeria, no local government area of Southern Kaduna has ever been
traditionally Islamic. Not even by 10 per cent."

The youth added, "We totally and completely reject and denounce the
title of 'Emir' and the foisting of emirate system on Kauru, Kagarko,
Kajuru and Lere Chiefdoms.

"We want the status quo to stand. Both Muslims, Christians and other
faiths have no issues with the 'Chiefs' and 'Chiefdoms.'

"We call on affected LGAs to remain peaceful and law abiding, but
should never recognise the new 'Emirs' and to also disregard the new

"Unless a referendum on these is reached, the new creations of
El-Rufai is not binding on our people."

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