The President of the Southern Kaduna Peopples’ Union (SOKAPU), Barr. Solomon Musa has call for the “arrest and prosecution” of Kaduna State Governor, Mal. Nasir el-Rufai over alleged hate speech.
Governor el-Rufai had reign abuses on Senators Suleiman Othman Hukunyi, Shehu Sani and Danjuma Laah and asked citizens to attacked the Senators whenever they are in Kaduna.
Speaking at a Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee meeting with various stakeholders organized by Global Peace Foundation-Nigeria, the SOKAPU President said there is a need for prosecute the Governor to serve as detterant to trouble makers in the State.
Barr. Musa who doubles as Chairman of Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee (SKPRC) said although the forth coming local government elections in the State was the vocal point of the meeting much was still desired in combating insecurity in the State.
Barr. Musa regretted the use of inciteful words especially by highly placed politicians like Governor Nasir el-Rufai in the State which according to him was capable of fermenting violence, adding that security agencies should hold such individuals accountable.
“The Governor choice of language is akin to given an express order to people to carry out violence. He is the chief security officer of the State that should not incite violence among the citizens of the State. Though, he might be under immunity, It is however needful for the security agencies to do job professionally as far hate speech is concern,” he said.
He said the Nigeria security agencies needed more founding given the huge sacrifices they make by putting their lives on the line, they also need to be given leverage to operate based on proffesional provision.
“Until the security agencies operate dispassionately and earn the confidence of the people, a lot is yet to be done,” he said.
Stakeholders who spoke at the event condemned the governor’s statement which they said “has the tendencies of breeding conflict” in the State.